I've always found it interesting that we often assess someone or something solely on the basis of present reality; that is, where he or she or it is at that moment. We often prefer periods over commas or make proclamations prematurely. We fail to consider the sum total or body of one's work counting only what we want to count, adding only what we want to add. We seldom subtract unless it is to our benefit. When one's state is negative, we often use the past as a point of reference for current failure. When things are positive, we seldom use the past as a point of reference for current success. It's difficult seeing the full value of a sovereign, transformative process. Why? Because our assessment is often limited by our perception.
Hence, the subtitle of this blog, "Still Becoming." So exactly what does this mean? Honestly, one of the first things that comes to my mind with respect to "change" or "still becoming" is the image of a butterfly. We see butterflies and become enamored with the beauty of the insects' wings and its ability to flutter in flight yet seldom consider the transformation that occurred allowing the butterfly to get to that place. We don't consider the caterpillar because the caterpillar is not as exciting as the butterfly. Everyone wants to fly or take flight. We don't consider that before flight occurred the insect was once grounded. And that insect's ability to attach, touch and navigate low places enabled it to one day transform and promote to high places.
I began this trilogy of blog posts with the theme of "sovereignty" in mind. I began with the statement, "Nothing about you surprises God!" The idea being that God is the Perfect Accountant who has already taken into consideration what it costs to be Y-O-U. I'm reminded of the first clause of I John 3:2 which states, "Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be....." In a nutshell, the aforementioned words confirm that our lives are being processed daily. That we are changing every moment. In fact, you've changed the last 2 minutes, just in the short period of time that it has taken you to read the initial paragraphs of this blog.
I want to share with you what my beautiful Bride shared with me roughly 10 years ago. It's interesting that it's been 10 years. In biblical numerology, the number 10 represents power, completion or dominion. I can say today that I'm truly walking in the truth of this upcoming statement. Ten years ago, I was struggling with bad decisions and choices I'd made in my life. I'm not talking financial decisions alone. I'm speaking of decisions which would shape my character for the rest of my life. She said, "What you did is not who you are and who you are is not all that you shall be; you are STILL BECOMING!" So powerful!!! Now think about this statement in context with the image of the caterpillar and the butterfly. Flight was in the caterpillar yet crawl was in the butterfly. The process was extremely important. It was as necessary as it was dichotomous.
Those words that my wife spoke to me set me free because they were seasoned with God's unconditional love. The light returned to my eye. My back straightened. My head lifted. I realized at that moment my life was not finished and that a series of bad decisions would not be the determining factors in defining who I was in life.
The reality is that when God looks at you and I, He sees the finished product. Unfortunately, we don't. We receive hints and clues, you know, little infomercials along the way. But, we can't quite put our finger on ALL that we shall be in this life. Herein lies the challenge. Herein is where faith must kick in and we must believe that our best days are ahead of us. Herein is where we deal with the in-between time. The time between being trained up in the way we should go and actually going there. Selah. We must, as a great Preacher once said, "See ourselves in the future looking much better than we do right now." Courtesy of my former Bishop, "We must live today as though we'll die tomorrow and plan today as though we'll be here forever." That's both a natural and spiritual application.
I want to encourage you this morning and this day that you are STILL BECOMING. Still becoming, yet He's not surprised. Maybe even still struggling, yet He's still not surprised. Still developing, yet He's not surprised. He that began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it even until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6). God does not do things halfway. God is whole. Therefore what He speaks and declares concerning you is whole. You were birthed to finish because what God starts in your life. He has to finish!
HE KNOWS YOU! The 'church' you, the 'married' you, the 'man' you, the 'woman' you --- HE KNOWS YOU! He is not surprised by Y-O-U. He knows your creative beginning and your expected end. Sovereignty mitigates surprises. Because God is sovereign, He's not surprised by the innate details of your life. He is in control and to suggest He is surprised would be to suggest He is not in control. Remember, He is not reactive, HE ACTS. He will remain sovereign over your 'becoming' - the development of who you shall be; your coming into being. YOU ARE STILL BECOMING...and THE BEST IS YET TO COME!! Selah.