Oh how He will Restore!
When I thought of restore, my mind immediately went to my flower garden behind my house and next to my porch. It has always been full of beautiful things and I was looking forward to the spring when green would start popping up from the earth. But then………… we were doing some work around the house and had to run a water line from the house to the back of the property. The plumbers were specifically told NOT to go through the flower bed but when I came home there was a 2ft wide, 2ft deep trench dug all the way through my bed and my fountain was just thrown over on it’s side. I had to stop and take a deep breath before I reacted. I knew this was work that had to be done and if anyway possible for it to be done without this painful process and the up rooting of things, I knew it would happen. But there wasn’t anyway to accomplish what was needed without working through the ugly first. So I breathed deep and I did the work necessary to restore my flower beds. Thankfully it wasn’t really that much because most everything in there were perennials and the digging wasn’t as painful for them as it was for me.
Then the thought jumped to myself. The restoration process of myself hasn’t been that easy. I had to dig through some pretty tough roots and clean away some pretty thick weeds to find restoration.
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
He did that for me. He gave me the strength to keep digging. Raking away the old and filling in with the new.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Believing in His restoring power, I trusted, I waited and I believed it would come.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
When we set out to restore something, it’s not always to make it like it was before. I find that comforting. I’m able to take old, unusable things and make them useful and beautiful again.
Jesus did the same with me. He restored me to a new me. A better me. A happier me. A more grateful me. A more confident me. A more willing me. He restored me into a me who was more like Him. I’m not perfect and will not be until the day I sit by His side but until that day He will continue the restoration process in me.
Lord without You my life would not be as beautiful. I am so thankful that You never gave up on me. I know that you had to take some very deep breaths at times but You waited until that perfect moment, You allowed me to drudge through hard stuff and heal. You are my strength and my shield forever. Amen!