Scripture declares we are able to bring every thought into the captivity of the Word of God. Like Willy’s metal filings shimmying beneath the plastic overlaying his image, the thoughts beneath the surface of our skin can disengage from their negative positions, and through the use of the Word be moved to a new location. God’s Word is the magnet of transformation. We, like bald Willy, are changed with the influence of God’s Word directing our thoughts. Through the power of the Word, our thoughts are brought into alignment with God’s purpose and will for our lives. They become a part of the bigger creative work He is doing in us, one that will eventually become evident, though in the process often makes little sense.
Just as gathering those tiny black flecks can be tedious, applying the Word requires time, effort, and patience. We don’t just wake up one morning and read a verse with the expectation of those three seconds completely changing the strongholds that grip our minds. In fact, like Willy, we often require a disruption of our comfortable position to free our thoughts in the first place. But in the wake of frustration, loss, or pain, we can position ourselves in submitted stillness, prostrate our will before God, and permit His Word to do its work. Gradually, layer upon layer, precept upon precept, stubborn areas of our lives surrender, and we are fashioned into a work of art.
This, too, is the process of growth. As God begins a new work in us, we are often moved from our comfortable position, which usually scatters our thoughts asunder. In the ensuing uncertainty, seeming setbacks, or missteps, we can grasp the Word and put it to holy use. Slowly, surely, steadily, the fresh work of God emerges. As God’s Word dictates the direction of our thoughts there is a systematic unfolding of His imagination. Again, we are made new, given a transformation far more glorious than any eyebrows or mustaches that ever adorned Wooly Willy.
Tip/Tidbit: What areas of your thought life need a makeover? Put God's Word to use, and let it work for you. Read it. Pray it. Speak it. Live it.