He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Romans 8:28 (TPT)
Worked Into Something Good – The Edit Series – Part 6
Editing is not about changing something from one thing into something new… it's about becoming, morphing, growing…
My daughter turned six a littler earlier this year (SIX! WHAT?!). I look back at photos of her as a baby and remember thinking: “Who are you going to become? What are you going to look like? Sound like? What kind of laugh will you have? Will you be feisty? Or nerdy? Or both?”
Even in just these few short years, things resembling answers to these questions have materialized within her. Her laugh, her beautiful face… But I am keenly aware that she is still “becoming.” She is my daughter right now, but she is also on her way to being my ten-year-old daughter, and my twenty-year-old daughter, and then my thirty-year-old daughter, and so on. Things will change over the years. She’ll evolve and grow and go through different seasons. All the while, editing and becoming who she is.
Who you are right now is the culmination of years of editing and becoming. And you’re not done yet. Not even close. You have more to be and more to become. If you allow yourself too, you are a never-ending masterpiece. Everything you face has the power to help you become you. That’s what I think Paul meant when he said:
“He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” (Rom 8:28 TPT.)
We are constantly pregnant with who we are becoming. When we allow Spirit to midwife our true selves into the life we’re leading; I think we can be sure that every detail in our lives – everything we go through, good, bad, and meh – will have gold within it for us. Becoming is no easy thing, friends. It requires equal amounts of surrender and determination, courage and vulnerability, humility and tenacity.
It’s hard to imagine that some of the crap we go through can be worked into something good. I dislike it when this verse is used as a platitude and a way to ignore trouble and pain. This verse does the opposite; it invites us into the middle of the mess and wonder of our lives. Because by being present to them, we can somehow, miraculously, find beauty in them.
Who are you becoming?
I ask my daughter often not what she wants to do with her life, but who she wants to be. And as her answers evolve and change over the years as she does; as her values and experiences do too, she will discover that the story of her life and the edits she makes along the way are not about attaining things and wealth and titles, but about becoming.
Written by Liz Milani
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