Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I remember one of my very first Bible studies looking at the original Greek language covered this verse. I loved that the Greek word for transformed was metamorphosis. Another fact I learned was that we are transformed by God, not through our own work or self-improvement. God does the work if we let him. In the 25 years since that study, I have learned while a simple concept, it isn’t easy. It isn’t easy to put God first, to slow down enough to let God work, to put away my priorities, and my desires, to let God transform me. As I look at these photos I took at the butterfly exhibit at the Brookside Gardens in Maryland, I realize that God’s transformation really does allow for great perfection and beauty!