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 Corinthians 3:18
On a recent visit to Alaska I was privileged to see some of the region’s breathtaking 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 a 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 breaking off and dropping into the sea.
The glaciers also change in color. It’s the air bubbles in snow that make it appear white, and as the glaciers become compacted all the air bubbles are pressed out, causing the ice to look blue. Water molecules absorb other colors, but blue is reflected out.
Okay, so why this little science lesson on glacial ice? As I was thinking about this amazing phenomenon it reminded me of our journey as believers. When we accept Christ as Lord and begin to follow Him, we are changed. We do not stay the same person. 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 of us. We are no longer filled with fluff, but are weighty with depth and purpose in our lives.
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. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
For further reading: 2 Corinthians 3