(Prefacing remark: This is not a stamp of approval on any humanistic or trans – humanist means of “self alteration”. It is rather the offering of personal insights on the nature of inner transformation through the power of the Holy Spirit.)
I think people tend to cubbyhole each other. We change, transform, “shape shift”, become “other”. Sometimes acquaintances at one point in life know you as a seed, another time as a sprout, then as a tree – to use a nature metaphor. They see you as a role, a job, a stereotype, a trait by which they identify you, or through the filters of their own perceptions. Some may mourn the passing of their image of you. Some may be downright angry about it. But you know – this is what I am just now. I cannot be what you want me to be.
They may be mildly to profoundly disappointed that you are not what you were in former days, that you no longer view things from the same perspectives you did 5, 10, 20 or more years ago. Maybe even 6 months! Or you may not have much in common anymore as far as your spirituality, politics, or interests. Some refuse to see you as other than what they want you to be. But you are no longer “birds of a feather.” And there can be many forces that contribute to this.
I have run into people who have not recognized me, who knew me “back in the day” – whichever of the “days” of my creation or metamorphosis it may have been – because I am not “that” anymore. And in a number of instances, this is an agreeable thing. I walked away from those encounters marveling – and smiling that I was “cloaked” – not by my own hand or design, but because the Supernal Creator brought me through phases where I became other, and it is perhaps a protective mechanism for His Work in those moments.
Sometimes “other” is perceived as beautiful, bold, or brave. Sometimes “other” is perceived as “You are an enigma to me.” Or even, “How dare you mangle my image of you!”
So be it. Creation is messy. You may have walked into the Supernal Studio at a peculiarly messy moment of monumental metamorphosis. God sees the vision of the outcome. This is what matters. “For we are His creatures who are created in Yeshua The Messiah for good works, those things which God had from the first prepared that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 -Aramaic Bible in Plain English)
“Pardon my mess – still under construction”, says the sign on the door. I just show up for work. I am the work. And the work is His through the power of grace. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)