“I will never be the same again, I can never return, I’ve closed the door. I will walk the path, I’ll run the race and I will never be the same again.”
~ lyrics by Geoff Bullock ~
Some people have dramatic conversion stories. But I'm not one of them. Pre-Jesus Tami wasn't much different than the current version. God didn't rescue me from a life of addiction or abuse. I had no sordid history with boys. My family made me feel loved and cared for. I've never been one to break the rules. My biggest display of the rebel within occurs when I wear my tiger-striped bra no one sees.
But one shouldn't mistake my lack of behavioral metamorphosis as an indication of God's ineffectiveness in my life. On the contrary, I am forever changed by His touch. You may not see the difference, but it's there. I notice it when I'm tempted to yell at my kids and instead take a deep breath and turn the other way. It shows up when I'd rather not stop to talk, but listen anyway. I see it when I decide to trust my husband or e-mail an encouraging thought to someone I barely know or exercise patience with the slow poke in front of me. I know I am forever changed when I'm able to say no to temptations and accept His will even when it doesn't make sense. These reactions are not my human nature. It must be God. So even though my path to Christ has been relatively uneventful, it is nonetheless powerful, for a transformation has taken place.
He has done a major work in my heart.
What about you? Do you wish your conversion story were more flashy? Do you have trouble seeing what He's rescued you from? Don't dismiss the work He's done in you. You'll find His imprint in your heart.
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