The title quotation comes from an old Star Trek episode about an alien woman who, as a ‘metamorph’, actually becomes — turns into — the ‘perfect woman’ of whatever man she’s with. With a Klingon, she’s aggresive and warlike; with a party animal she’s loose and brash; with Picard, she’s intelligent and compassionate. About to be given in an arranged marriage as a peace bride, she meets her future husband, who is cold, calculating, and unfeeling… and rather than becoming his perfect woman, she chooses to ‘imprint’ herself on Picard because, she says, “I like who I am when I’m with you.” Out of a sense of duty, which she has learned from Picard, she goes ahead with the arranged marriage, knowing her husband will never know who she truly is.
It’s a very moving story, very sad, and obviously very memorable… I saw the episode only once, probably about 15 years ago, and I can still picture the scene in my mind. How many of us, I wonder, go through life without ever having met someone about whom we can say “I like who I am when I’m with you” — someone who brings out the best in us, or encourages us to higher heights? I count myself blessed to have a number of people in my life I could say this about, and I could say it about school as well, I like who I am when I’m at Trinity.
But here’s a new thought, at least it was new for me as of today. How about saying it to Jesus? The God who created us knows far better than anyone else who we’re meant to be and what our potential is, and He is fully invested in making us into new creations, restoring His image in us. When I am in the center of His will… which is rare, I am soooooo easily distracted… but when I’m *right there* there’s nothing in the universe that compares. I like who I am when I’m with You, Lord… I like who it is that You see when You look at me, I like who it is I’m becoming.