Rainy Thanksgiving of rest – sleep, eat, cuddle, read, repeat. So much hope that God’s transformative work does not cease when my energy gives out.
“You see the goal of the Christian life is not simply to get us into heaven, but to get heaven into us! God is intent upon making you and making me into ‘a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright, stainless mirror that reflects back to God perfectly (though of course on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness.’ (C. S. Lewis)
To be sure, the full reality of this ‘perfect reflection’ awaits glorification. But even now we need to hear the ultimate goal spoken over us again and again so that we may enter into the process that leads to this goal. God does not wait until death to initiate this process of complete and total transformation. Oh. no. It begins now, and God can and will do far more here and now than we can possibly imagine. If we are not perfect yet, we can be a whole lot better. We, you see, are terribly prone to settle for less than what God desires for us. (Richard Foster in Streams of Living Water, p. 185)
As I read this, my hands imagine the transformer toys quickly going from a car to a justice seeking monster robot. God desires so much more for life, but it’s His provision, His grace, His wisdom, and His energy that’s going to provide it.