Between October 28 and November 6, Grace Church proudly presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! If you haven’t purchased your tickets, there may still be some available. The show centers around transformation through grace, forgiveness and love. Over the next 10 days, Be Our Guest and check out our daily devotionals centered around these themes and the production! Check back every day for the latest devotional!
BY SUE ROSECRANS, GRACE ATTENDER
The show’s take your breath away moment happens as the Beast whirls into the air and is transformed into the Prince. The word, concept, idea that has been at the center of our production is transformation. We are surrounded by transformation. Ask a grade-schooler about transformation and you will learn about how a tadpole transforms into a frog. Our kindergarten class had the privilege of watching four fuzzy caterpillars create four cocoons, then transform from four little furry worms into four breathtakingly beautiful butterflies. It was amazing to watch them emerge in their transformed state from plant eaters and gravity bound with eight pairs of legs into nectar eating, tasting with their feet, smelling with their antennae, a million shingle shaped scales creating a magnificently colored patterned covering all four wings and soaring through the air. A Baby transforms in front of our eyes. One minute she can barely hold up her own head. Next, she is crawling, then walking and talking. That’s when Mom says, “Sit down. Be quiet!”
As followers of Jesus, we have been blessed in so many ways too many to even begin to try and count. Transformation is just an everyday miracle we take for granted. Imagine is there were no more transformations in our world and we never ever changed. We would be stuck, stunted and trapped. Our always-wanting-more-for-us God created the gift of transformation. We begin our journey with Him and our faith is the size of a mustard seed. A mustard seed is tiny, yet grows into a bush so large birds can perch on its branches. Our faith can grow and change-transform. With God’s supernatural encouragement and the Holy Spirit’s help, our tiny, weak faith can grow to the place where we can have the conviction and confidence to tell a mountain to go jump in the lake. We start out in this world as self-absorbed, arrogant, gotta-have-it-our-own-way and stuck in our own brokenness. We can be transformed into the most kind, gentlest, other-centered, look-out-for-the-least-of-these, living out our God-given mission and loyal to the King masterpieces.
It happened again as I drove up onto the ramp to merge onto Keystone. I looked to my left and saw explosions pinks, bright orange, powder blue, lavender, and soft gray another gorgeous sunrise. God transformed night into day. Transformation His gift to us.
God transforms a shepherd into a giant killer. He transforms a prayer warrior into a lion tamer. God transforms a childless Daddy into the father of a nation still in existence today. He transforms the meek into the boldly humble. God transforms fishermen into fishers of men. He transforms the busted into the mended, the lost into the found and lonely into the loved beyond measure. God transforms two loaves of bread and five fish into an outdoor block party extravaganza. He transforms a blind man into a man with full sight. God transforms darkness into light, water into land, flat land into mountains and dirt into Adam. He transforms those without trust into loyal followers, without belief into living by convictions and the faithless to the faithful. He transforms cheerless into cheerful, sadness into laughing, ashes into gladness and gloomy into jovial. God transforms heart breaking into heartwarming. He transforms tragic into joyous. God transforms a sacrificial lamb into a victorious warrior King.
He transforms a hit man targeting Christians into a flogged, beaten, shipwrecked, imprisoned, greatest missionary the world has ever known. God transforms peasants, fishermen and a tax collector into the founders of the greatest movement of God the world has ever seen. God transforms singing hymns and praise songs into a Holy Spirit driven standing just outside the throne room worship. He transforms a cousin into a prophet. He transforms preacher into a world changer. God transforms worries into answered prayers, forever dead into forever reborn, separated into never apart, broken into healed, crushed into rebuilt, defeated into triumph, shattered into put back together. He transforms our sin into righteousness and instrument of death into a symbol of life. God transforms death’s final goodbye into see you soon. Transformation is a gift. God chose not to leave us as we are but to constantly offer change, offer transformation.
Change can be scary. In truth He changes not. The bottom line is His love never changes even when everything around us does change. His love never fails. He is never out of reach. He is as near as every breath we take. He waits. Our warrior King waits until the Father transforms it all with a trumpet blast.
I hope and pray you are living a transformed life. It is the only way to live. May God bless every part of your performance during this show. May you feel His pleasure as you serve thousands here at Grace. May His love surround you as you bow for your final curtain. I am rejoicing with you because you have allowed Him to transform you into one of His own. Transformed. Changed. Reborn. Human again!
When you think of the word transformation what do you think of now after being in this show?
How has being in this show transformed or changed you?
Have you learned anything new about God through this devotional and time in this show?
Be sure to share with the cast and the folks who have made this show possible what the show has meant to you.
“You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers. I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.” Psalm 30:11-12 (MSG)
“God turned rivers into wasteland, springs of water into sunbaked mud; Luscious orchards became alkali flats because of the evil of the people who lived there. Then he changed wasteland into fresh pools of water, arid earth into springs of water, Brought in the hungry and settled them there; they moved in—what a great place to live! They sowed the fields, they planted vineyards, they reaped a bountiful harvest. He blessed them and they prospered greatly; their herds of cattle never decreased. Psalm 107:33-40 (MSG)
As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out. Mark 1:7-8 (MSG)
He went on to open their understanding of the Word of God, showing them how to read their Bibles this way. He said, “You can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations—starting from here, from Jerusalem! You’re the first to hear and see it. You’re the witnesses. What comes next is very important: I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until he arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high. Luke 24:45-49 (MSG)
“Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.” Hebrews 13:8 (MSG)