When you hear the word repentance, what comes to mind? For most of us, it means feeling sorry for something we did wrong, but it’s actually much more powerful than that. Repentance comes from the Greek word metamorphoo, which is where we get the word metamorphosis. Just like the process that turns a caterpillar into a butterfly, our struggles are what God uses to bring us to a place of repentance or transformation.
To repent literally means “to go back up”; to go back to the high place. We are in a season of the Hebraic calendar known as teshuva—repentance—and it is a period of 40 days when we look into our hearts and return to God so we can be restored to the high place.
This is a time to celebrate our struggles because they have produced power in us to transform. Jesus said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near” (Matthew 3:2). There is a higher way of living, and that is what God is leading us to in this season. Be encouraged during this powerful time of transformation!