Transformed

2 Corinthians 3:18

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.

My husband Derek and I are in Anchorage, Alaska this week visiting family. What a blessing family is! We are loving every minute with them. While we were here we drove up to Seward for a boat ride tour of some of the Alaskan glaciers. What an amazing spectacle they are, no picture can ever do a glacier justice.

They were fascinating in their majestic beauty, towering over the ocean, with their rugged peaks. We watched as huge sections of the glacier broke off and crashed into the sea, exposing fresh blue glacier ice.

We learned that the glaciers are not just packed snow that hasn’t melted in years, but, snow that has been changed. The snow becomes hard packed ice, getting heavier and denser. The weight of this now glacial ice causes the ice to move, to begin to slide down to the ocean in the warmer months with huge chunks braking off and dropping into the sea. This forms crevices in the mountains and creates Fjords (inlets) for the seas to flow into around the land.

The glaciers also change the color of the snow. It’s the air bubbles in snow that make it appear white and with the compacting of the heavy ice of the glaciers, all the air bubbles are pressed out, causing the ice to appear blue. Water molecules absorb other colors, but blue is reflected out.

OK, so why this little science lesson on glacial ice you might ask, what does that have to do with the Lord or our Christian walk?

As I was thinking about this amazing phenomenon that the Lord created, it reminded me of our journey as believers. When we accept Christ as Lord and begin to follow after him, we are changed. We do not stay the same person, just as the snow is changed into glacial ice. The weight of our struggles and trials through life press down upon us, and as we turn to the Lord for strength and help, the air bubbles of sin are pressed out in us. We are not perfect, but we do begin to look more like Jesus.

And as the Lord strengthens us through trials, in time, we become weightier people. We are not filled with fluff anymore, we have depth and meaning to our lives. And this weight causes us to move: to tell others about Jesus, to serve, to give, and to make our faith real in every way.

So actually, believers are a lot like glacial ice.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, change us O Lord, help us to become more like you. Help us to embrace the transformation you are doing within us and continue to press out the sin in our lives. We love you Father. Amen.

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