We began the first day of the new year attending a church sermon in which Pastor Joe Wright spoke about Christians making changes in their lives in order to attain sanctification—that is, allowing God to shape us into His image. It was certainly one of those sermons in which one feels a direct connection to the message. Before the sermon even began, Steve and I had walked into the sanctuary contemplating the changes we were about to make in our lives. And we had been asking God to speak to us so that we may know we are doing His will and not that of our own. Following the service, we attended an after-Christmas gathering with members of our church which dismally reminded us that leaving our home also meant leaving some wonderful Christian friends. Yet, we drove home, picked up the phone, and made the call accepting an offer made to us earlier in the day for the purchase of our home in Kansas. The deal was sealed—we were leaving the first home we built and which we love dearly and heading to Oklahoma to build our second. And I couldn’t be prouder of my husband for what he has endured to make this happen.
I don’t know how to accurately express the feelings I am having—seeing where my husband is now in his life and in his walk with God, and knowing from where he came and to where he is headed. Over 30 years ago he was struggling with addiction and, as a result, he served time in prison. But he walked out of that prison clinging to the Serenity Prayer with great determination to better himself. Once a lost man who felt he could never do well in life and who believed he would never be worthy of owning a nice home, he has now learned that God will indeed change him into His likeness, if only he himself first makes the necessary changes. I have personally watched God make beautiful things out of the dust, and I do believe with all my heart that our garden here on earth is finally about to be in full bloom.
I am sharing the below song not only because the song itself is beautiful, but also because it so well and so simply tells of my husband’s life.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:18 NIV)