Picture of Transformation

One of my favorite things to do is spend time in the mountains. I love this because I can disconnect and admire the incredible majesty of the mountains.

Right now, I am writing this after spending a few hours over 8,00 feet elevation at a place called Bible Point. The views were incredible! As I sat on a rock, with my feet hanging over, I couldn’t resist the beauty and the silence (except the roaring water from below).

This was a tranquil moment of time for me. I was able to finish reading a book, and then read Isaiah 1-6.

From then, I put everything down and just looked out at the mountains, even more. That’s when it hit me.

Mountains are a great picture of transformation!


When we are at the base of the mountain, there is something that entices us to climb up. As we continue to climb, we find the path is harder than we imagined. If we continue, we find there are even more obstacles than we ever imagined. If we keep persevering, we’ll find we make it to the top. Once on the top, you can look down and see what you had to get through to get to that point. You are a different person.

That’s a picture of a person’s life being transformed into the likeness and image of Jesus Christ.

There comes a point when a person will sense Jesus saying to them, “Just come and follow me.” So the person begins the trek. Along the way, following Jesus becomes more challenging. It’s not as easy as we originally thought or imagined. If we continue, and don’t go back, we find  there are even more obstacles. But, if we keep persevering our whole life, we come to a place where we have been completely transformed. We can look back and reflect at everything we had gone through and we see we are a different person.

The best part? We have never done any of this life by ourselves. As we follow Christ, we learn we have never been alone. Jesus has always been with us along the way.

My prayer is you continue following Jesus, you keep moving forward with him, and you see how much you are being transformed through this life.

Published by Ryan Stratton

Ryan Stratton is a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves with his wife, Amanda, along with their children. He writes about life, faith, and leadership through his blog.

4 thoughts on “Picture of Transformation

  1. Beautiful Pastor Ryan… What a perfect example of our struggles, trials and successes, and our Spiritual transformation… You are a blessing to me… Thank you for being such a guiding force in my life…

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