"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." -Romans 12:1-2
The tree that is casting this shadow across Emily Dickinson's garden cannot be seen in this photo. When Paul talks about the "pattern of this world" he talking about the shadows that the world casts and how we conform to them without realizing it. All we see is the shadow and we think that is the way things are. Instead, we are to see things not as they are in the world but rather as the Spirit sees. When we are transformed we begin to think as He thinks, and we will see things differently.
Lilias Trotter expounds upon this when she writes: "God has opened up to me a whole new area that has to be 'subdued unto Himself'--the whole region of natural temperament that lies at the back of the self-life in man and needs to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Translated that does not mean annihilated, but transformed by a new mind and body. He can take that very susceptibleness that has been a snare and make it into a means of contact with Himself."
I am grateful that in offering my whole being to God that He is able to renew my mind in Him through my willingness to be made new.