“Let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.”
(Romans 12:2 GNT)

I was hiking in the forest recently and I came across a tree that had been cut down. As I approached the tree trunk I couldn’t help notice the very distinct tree rings on the cut surface. Tree rings are a permanent record of annual growth expansion as a tree changes over time. Without this inward developmental change the tree would not mature. Our character also matures over time but most people do not like changes. Security is found in a similar routine but without change there would be no advancement. The Lord promotes people who are flexible enough to submit their personal agenda to him. Having a schedule subject to Spirit led change makes room for the blessings of growth and development. Since God created our future he plans the details of our lives in accordance with the end results. The Lord knows best so his plan is better then the rest and the end result is perfect. God’s growth rings always involve inward change.