And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. –2 Corinthians 3:18
Last week at Session V of the Two Year Academy for Spiritual Formation, Sr. Kathleen Flood invited us into a time of reflection, providing these suggestions: 1) Ask yourself, “What needs to be unveiled in my life?” Is there anything that I don’t want God to see? 2) Or, look in the mirror, remembering “I am grounded in God. What do I see reflected of the image of God?” If there is something there to let go of (that is marring the image), remember that God does the transforming.
What needs to be unveiled? Nothing new here, at least nothing I want to bring up. Yet.
Is there anything that I don’t want God to see? Well, that’s a different question than has been asked before. God knows everything, has seen everything I’ve done or not done, that I’ve owned up to (confessed) in varying degrees time and again.
But I don’t want God to see what I feel. I don’t want God to see the part of me that is that little girl, scared to speak for any number of reasons. Don’t want to say the wrong thing. Don’t want to make someone mad. Don’t want to look stupid. Don’t want to be made fun of because my idea is silly.
But when I look in the mirror, I see the woman that God has never stopped transforming. I see the woman empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak up, speak out, and speak for. When a wrong needs to be made right. When feelings need to be shared, in love, regardless of the outcome. When God presents a new way of doing things. I’m not yet transformed completely, but the Spirit is getting me there. One degree at a time.
Loving God, as we open to you, transform us into the image you see us becoming, one degree at a time.
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat