Transformational Beauty

I have change in my heart and transformation on my mind. Here in Northeast Ohio, the colors are exploding and transforming before my very eyes. I was out photographing the marvel of this season recently and the first tree I came upon had these gorgeous reddish, orange leaves. I wanted a different perspective, so I kneeled down under the canopy of leaves and saw the heart broken out of the leaves.

To me, this powerful photograph transcends words; but if I had to come up with a “title” power of perspective, and beauty in the broken come to mind.

POWER OF PERSPECTIVE: Our personal transformations takes perspective. It takes an awareness and understanding of ourselves, and who we want to be… there is real power in perspective. As we look at our lives from a different view, we begin to see the bigger picture and make correlations that perhaps we didn’t realize before. When we take a step back, and look at our preverbal life leaves from a different angle – we begin to see things in a new light, more clearly, and the beauty of the broken begins to emerge.

BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN: Before real, tangible transformation take place, there has to be an awareness that something is broken, a realization that healing needs to take place, that things need to change … but there is such beauty in the growth and change of life. Usually, this realization process can be painful – ever hear of “growing pains”? It can be painful to acknowledge shortcomings, addictions, personality “flaws”, failures, weaknesses, life challenges… but there can be no change and growth without us being honest with ourselves and come to terms with areas we may need to improve. Here in NEO, nature is preparing for the next season, undergoing a beautiful change to let go of what is old, and prepare for what is to come (albeit – a freezing, cold, deprivation of sunlight and warmth, depending where you live), naturally PREparing for the new – this process is integral to the cycle. We all struggle with different issues and handle change in different ways. There is beauty in the broken when we are enlightened and begin to work towards the transformation.

As I am enjoying the visual, seasonal transformation take place, I’ve been contemplating my own transformations, how I’ve encountered other people deal with it, and the various ways that can happen – nature displays this so beautifully:

Some transformations are all encompassing, taking over rapidly.

Some transformations are very slow, and appear to happen one leaf at a time.

Sometimes, you may be the only one transforming around you.

Others deal with a variety of colorful transformations all at once.

As I think about my favorite season, as the leaves are undergoing a vibrant transformation, I think of the actual process; the specific chemical change that hinges on a variety of environmental factors. And a key factor to transformation is light.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

To take this a little further – if you believe in God, then this transformation begins the moment you accept Jesus into your life, and God as your savior. The Bible says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Cor 5:17

We should always be changing, growing, and continually turning from sin “…I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26:17. This lifelong process is specifically called sanctification. Sanctification means to “purify, or free from sin” – although we will never be free from sin, it’s something we should all be striving towards.

Whatever the case may be, where ever you are in your transformational process, it’s beautiful, and something to embrace and enjoy!

If this post impacted you in some way, please share it with others – you never know who needs to fully embrace their transformational beauty too!


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