Reversal in one’s life we call conversion can take place in different ways. Some conversions are dramatic and immediately powerful. Think about Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus or about Jacob at the river Jabok. The identity of each of these men was so extensively changed that even their names were changed; Saul to Paul and Jacob to Israel. I know of countless conversion events in other people’s lives as well as my own life. However, I have also experienced conversion as a process. It is barely noticeable at the time or not even noticeable at all, until upon reflection one’s eyes are opened to under-stand what has been happening to them ever so slowly.
Is God’s will that all of humankind be converted? Our preferred destiny is to be ”changed from glory into glory till in heaven we take our place, till we cast our crowns before Him.” (Hymn 657). Our conversion comes as a surprise or a result of our intentional and regular exposure to God in prayer, holy scripture, and sacrament. It is always a case of God’s working out our sanctification (made holy).
Let us pray that God will fill us with His Holy Spirit that we may be fully converted to His will and purpose. That He will finish His new creation in each of us.