I don’t know about you, but I grew up resisting every big change that presented itself. I had my life planned out.; I would remain in Canada and branching out was never on the radar screen of my plans.

When I heard my parents had decided to move me to India in high school, I lamented to my music teacher. He was sympathetic and was offered the music room as an alternative living space. At the time, to my 13- year- old self, that seemed highly feasible. Unbeknownst to me, this move would begin to pry open the closed chambers of my heart. I wrestled with this change just like Jacob to shed and embrace new identity.

Jacob wrestled with an angel as he wrestled to receive an inheritance as he vehemently struggled with his old identity. Ultimately, we must shed the old to release the treasure within each of us the world desperately needs.

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. -Genesis 32:24

Transformation is defined as the process of changing into something new.

Each change brings the opportunity to transform into a deeper, fresher and more authentic version of self if we respond correctly and in tune with the Holy Spirit.

Changing seasons bring new colors, fresh fragrance and the promise of new hope is painted amidst the inevitable metamorphosis.

Our hearts need to be encouraged during change since we long for stability, comfort and semblances of familiarity.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? -Isaiah 43:18

Newness of life is always seen when a stark contrast manifests distinctly from the previous season. A change has occurred that cannot be denied; it is blaringly evident and declares its presence in full volume.

The stages of transformation are not always seamless, and the newly formed beauty does not always effervesce yet but may float to the surface gradually and quietly. This unravelling of beauty calmly presents itself in a way that provokes us to displace and shed scales of previous assumptions and embrace the increasing glory of fresh, confident truth.

Embracing transformation during transition is a process most people do not readily receive embrace but once embraced, the beauty in each moment can be discovered, amplified and celebrated. Click To Tweet

Do not be discouraged if spots show spots from your previous seasons.; release grace over yourself and look forward with wonder to the loveliness of grace to be revealed.

When I embrace grace, I can leave behind my resistance and hesitations until all that remains is a left is a tryst with transformation— for romance was always the greater portion. Copyright © 2019 Shelley Singh

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