This has been quite a big tutoring week for me. An even bigger week for my students, of course. My junior high and high school students had finals. So there have been extra tutoring sessions, and longer tutoring sessions. By Wednesday night my mind was blown! I can only imagine how my students felt. Many of them were stressed. I eased their tensions the best I could. Many of them, I would imagine, will do very well. Some of them, it will be a struggle.
But I began to realize something as we reviewed. They had covered a lot of material in the past few months. they learned, grew, and changed. They were transformed. In that transformation, the light shines upon them and threw them. They glisten and shine. they have been processed in the rock polisher of life.
But I, too have changed. God continues to work within me, and you, too. We may not even notice the transformation. We may have felt stressed or overwhelmed, sad or happy, or just generally charged at some points. As we have tumbled through His rock polisher, the roughness wears away. He know that sometimes those tumbles in life are painful.
So every now and then, He just makes the chaos or pain stop. It gives a chance to regroup. He holds us in His hands. He smooths away the residue. He forgives, loves, transforms. What does this have to do with final exams? You see, sometimes we are almost TOO aware of our imperfections. It can paralyze us. But we mustn’t let that happen. We must move forward confidently. We can do that. Gosh, it is easy to see the glow and glisten that is in others, isn’t it? We must, then, believe that it is with us as well.
When I hear the weather reports from “up north” and hear about the snow, ice, and high winds, I remember days of living up north. When I lived in MN, volunteers made and built an Ice Palace for the Winter Carnival. I was thinking about that, because it occurred to me that we can become like the beautiful ice palace. I do not mean that we should become hard edged and cold or brittle. Rather, we become whole and wholly transformed by His presence. When we leave room for His transformations, clarity and authenticity enters us. His light shines right through us. I am posting some photos of the ice palace from years ago. May His loving transformative powers help you glow like a lit up crystalline ice palace.