Restoration is only needed if something needs fixing or some type of rehabilitation. We restore things to bring them back to the original state or better. God does this very thing for us! He specializes in taking broken lives of people who have a big ole mess and making it new!
The pain of hopelessness seems at the time, unfixable, a devastation beyond repair. Yet there is One who can take what has been shattered to a million pieces and recreate something new, that is Jesus! He can take our broken dreams, hurt feelings, mistakes, failures, losses, all of it and what looks like shards of life and puts them together in a way we have something whole. Our sight is limited but His is eternal. As a Creator that is what He does, so allow Him to recreate in your life despite what things look and feel like. There is a movie scene that sticks with me, where the woman lost her husband in a car accident she was devastated and felt her life was ruined. She took a crystal dish, threw it to the ground and it broke in tiny pieces. She looked at it and said, “That is my life, shattered and broken!” At the end of the story the fragments were put together in a different way to make something new, whole and beautiful. The story was a parallel to the work the Lord does in us. He is able to take what is broken in our lives and make something new, whole and beautiful. Revelation 21:5, “And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new! My prayer is for you is that you lay the broken pieces at the feet of Jesus and let Him make your life whole again! I pray whatever you are going through right now that your hope will be rekindled.
All too often I would wake early heavy-hearted and teary-eyed with the burden of regrets. I know it is the enemy, and we can also be our worst enemy. The Lord does not hold things against us, so we must do the same. I decided to walk away from the morning’s jabs and let God’s Word and a hot cup of tea do it’s work, especially since it was 4am. The Lord showed me that we will go through “things” and those very “things” become our platform from which we share. My hearts cry after my brother passed was, let this somehow bring God glory, let my brother’s life count for Christ! That was the beginning of loss for me, yet over the years it has become a recurring element in my life. I have come to understand what the Lord meant when He says to count it all joy. I can count it joy not that it happened but how the Lord uses these circumstances to His glory. I pray that my mess may become a message that others will come know they are not alone! There is a God in Heaven who loves them with an everlasting love beyond what they can fathom! God is a God of restoration. We see it in so many places if we just look!