“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
The verse above is what I was told to look up after an anointing service at my parent’s church. And guess what verse arrived in my daily devotional email? You guessed correctly, the verse above!
I feel that throughout all the angst I’ve had and been through in the last 4 months, I am being transformed into that new creation. Or as the email put it: ” Jesus didn’t die so that our lives could be improved or upgraded; He died so that we could be transformed — a completely different person.” I don’t know if I am ready to be that different person, but I need to be. I need to get through the fire to be refined and let the impurities be burned away.
Of course, in my nerdy self, this declaration reminds me of one thing: Eowyn from Lord of the Rings.
“I stand in Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun, and behold! the Shadow has departed! I will be a sheildmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren. No longer do I desire to be a queen.”
Eowyn, Return of the King, The Steward and the King
(I drew this while in Germany on the day that Return of the King came out on DVD (almost 5 years ago). I spent my time in class there very wisely- I drew a lot of pictures.)
Eowyn is probably the character that I relate to the most – she was hopeless, depressed and hurt and then she found new life through Faramir. I guess it would be fitting in this analogy is to say that Jesus is my Faramir.
Has your “shadow” departed?