Two months ago I was involved in a car collision that changed my SPIRITUAL life forever. The days following the impact I was having the hardest time. I couldn’t get past the fact that the other driver failed to wait for the traffic to clear at the stop sign before proceeding and the damage to my vehicle was making the situation even worse. Praise God that all parties involved were alive but unfortunately my car was caught in the crossfire and I was left confused and uncertain as to what was next.
Shortly after the repairs began, I went to gather my belongings out of my beloved “Bentley-Lo” only to find the entire front had been removed. There was no sign that this was the same car that I was proud to say that I owned; rather it looked identical to the other junk cars that sat on the lot of the auto body shop. My car appeared to be used, abused, and left for dead with hopes of being transformed back to its original state.
Two days ago I picked my car up from the repair facility and it looked good as new. The evident damaged was non-existent, the somber scene from the breakdown had passed, and I was now staring at proof that change can be seen on the outside.
“But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her out into the desert and speak tenderly to her there. I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into the gateway of hope. She will give herself to me there, as she did long ago when she was young…” (Hosea 2:14-15a NLT)
As I witnessed my car’s transformation, I was reminded of the stages that our relationship with Christ goes through. We endure trials that leave us damaged and we take forever to accept that not everything is about us. We go through tough times for God to get the glory and to encourage others who may experience similar situations… It is NOT about us! Then when we reach a certain point in our relationship with God, He will disassemble our hard exterior in order to expose our most sensitive layer. However, when it is all said and done, He restores us to a condition that was better than before. He renews us in every aspect so that people can only see Him and not the collisions that we were involved in previously.
Thank You for helping me to recognize that my trials are deeper than what I can see but that they are for Your glory and the deliverance of others. Please remind me that the process does require the extraction of things that are not of You in order for our relationship to continue to prosper. Lord, I thank You in advance for the overflow, deliverance, increase and restoration which will be released unto me at Your appointed time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to trust and believe that the transformation process will change your life forever. Each stage is intricate in the development of your relationship with Christ so be open to receive the blessing in it. Rest assured that you will look brand new when He finishes with you. Have a blessed week ☺
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Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She serves tirelessly with the Evangelism Team there. Latasha also works at Mt. Zion as a member of the Administrative Support Staff. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.” Isaiah 54:17