The Journey of Change and Transformation

The process of change is rooted in our desire and willingness to be teachable. Change is achieved by taking many small steps, with many small goals; and we need to be sure we are heading in the right direction at the start. Furthermore, reaching our destiny will be a journey, whether a long one or relatively short. There are basically two ways to proceed on the path of transformation:

  1. Imagine walking along a very dark path, where the only illumination you have is a flashlight. One way to proceed is to shine the light directly at your feet; essentially, you will be following your own feet! You might find that you are going in circles or that you bump into or trip over obstacles you had not been able to see. The spiritual lesson is that we cannot solely depend on ourselves to get us where we want to go. While we need to examine ourselves to discover needed changes, ultimately, it is the Holy Spirit that will effectively guide us.
  2. And so, a second way to reach our goal is to shine the light well ahead, looking to the Lord and trusting Him to guide our feet. Psalm 37:3 teaches us that, “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart devises his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Lastly, Proverbs 3:5-6 admonishes us not to depend on our own understanding; but instead, acknowledge the Lord (admit that God must be in charge and be grateful for His guidance) and He will make our path straight. That is, He will guide us on the most direct and effective path to our goal as we keep depending on and seeking His will and ways.