A few weeks ago, I saw a tweet of this picture. It basicallly defines transmutation through a series of well-known examples, and applies how the same process can be applied in our lives.
Transmutation is defined as, "the action of changing or state of being changed into another form." It can be applied and understood in both biological and social terms. For our benefit, I will be discussing the process in reference to personal journeys, the same way the image has. The process of transmutation is not always easy, but can be difficult - proven by the process of grapes or diamonds. Thinking that the road to transformation will be easy to follow is a misunderstanding of the process. This is a topic I wished to write about then, but have really reflected on this week.
This week I turned 22-years-old and this weekend I will be graduating from the University of Virginia. I was thinking of all the goals I had for myself when I reached this age and milestone in life and how a lot of what I thought I wanted and thought my life would look like has not happened or, more importantly, no longer interests me. This is understandably frustrating because the journey can seem aimless. This is the pressure, pressing, or darkness that can distract us from the bigger picture. The journey to becoming who you are meant to be will not be written down for us as rules and steps to follow. The journey will feel dark, aimless and unexpected, but it will happen. I was having a conversation with a friend this week about how God has a plan for all of our lives, and we have to trust that he will direct our steps in the right direction. With this thinking in mnd, the process doesn't seem so scary.
The bible text this week is Psalms 66:10-12 which reads, "For you, O God, have tested us: you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance." In the text, it is explained that God is literally testing us rigourously, as silver is tried. Yet, in the end, we get to a place of abundance. This is the process to have faith in. I reference a text on my graduation cap because I believe it accurately describes the past 4 years of school. I hope it can you bring you some peace of mind as the week comes to an end and in the times that you feel tested and tried.