Changes on the inside….
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone the NEW has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
This is true for all of us. Once we are IN Christ we are a new creation. The old goes away and the new comes. This is actually an ongoing transformation that happens one little or BIG step at a time. Its called sanctification. God designed it that way and I am thankful for every step in the sanctification process.
I found, many moons ago, that Habakkuk and I have lots in common. Have you ever read the book of Habakkuk? Well, He saw some violence, lawbreaking and injustice go unpunished and so he questioned God about it.
How long, O Lord, will I call for help, And Thou wilt not hear? I cry out to Thee, “Violence!” Yet thou dost not save. Hab 1:2
I cried out for as long as I remember for God to bring justice or at least for God to lead me to a NEW place. He often times responded to me with Habakkuk 2:3 ~ For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
HA! Not delay, God has a great sense of humor or a horrible sense of time. I was set in a delay route for many a year. It was the worst of times and the best of times. But today, as I look with awe at the handy work of my God, I am bewildered and amazed and inspired. HE can and HE will, work all things together for his good.
I know that changes on the inside eventually get to the outside and I have picture proof:
Early 2009 I began a journey to rediscover the LOST Tracy. You may not have known I was lost but I was and I was crying out in a Habakkuk kind of way and waiting for the revelation. I had already heard from God that he was going to be switching it up in my life and I eagerly anticipated WHATEVER he had in store. As I worked hard to find all the core values inside of me and uncover all the good stuff that God had planted in there from the beginning of time. This emerged:
PLEASE, PLEASE don’t misunderstand me….I’m not saying that if you don’t grow your hair out and change your outward APPEARANCE, that God hasn’t done a good work. I was just frankly blown away when I actually realized that the work God was doing on the inside clearly made its way to my outward appearance. You can actually SEE the changes. In my eyes and in my smile. Something is different, something changed and to be honest it was all Jesus. He cleaned house, rearranged some furniture and the ‘appointed time’ came and here we are today.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!