AS we allow God to change us, we gradually become more and more the person we were created to be.
To believe that we do not need to change is wrong, because it implies that we already think we know it all.
It’s not only the crazy, stoned or evil people who claim to hear God. God speaks within the changes in our lives and is the midst of burnt-out believers, moral misfits and social incompetents who are open to be transformed.
Author Anne Lamont said that as a child she imagined adults had some kind of inner toolbox, full of shiny tools—the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience.
“But then when I grew up, I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools—friendships, prayer, conscience and honesty. They have to do and, mostly against the odds, they are enough,’’ she wrote.
Lamont added that her own coming to faith did not start with a leap but a series of staggers. She discovered that there were really only two kinds of effective prayers: “Help me, help me, help me’’ and “thank you, thank you, thank you’’.
The world will give us plenty of ways to avoid change – take drugs, get drunk, have an affair, drown yourself in TV, sleep to excess, descend into depression.
Or we could face the unknown, relying on God’s strength.
More than 400 years ago, the Spanish mystic Teresa of Avila was supposed to be married at 14. But she decided to change her destiny and became a great Christian reformer.
“Let nothing upset you,’’ she wrote.
“Let nothing frighten you; Everything is changing.
“God alone is changeless.’’