For six months, I’ve been wearing the word ‘restoration’ around my neck, almost daily.
It’s been my anthem in this season. Honestly, if I’m real, I think it’s been the anthem of my life. I’m thankful the Lord continues to teach me more and more about it.
But here’s where I got the idea of restoration twisted along the way…
Initially, I thought that restoration in my situation was only possible if reconciliation happened in my situation.
Reconciliation is sometimes possible – but sometimes its just not.
Reconciliation is a process that takes two people and for some people, like me, that’s not a choice they’re given. In my marriage, my husband didn’t want reconciliation. I prayed for it, I begged the Lord for it, but it didn’t happen.
So, here’s what I’ve learned. Reconciliation does not equal restoration.
Redemption is certain. Restoration is sure. No matter how the circumstances of our lives unfold, redemption and restoration are ours, and we can have them.
My personal restoration isn’t tied to anyone else. It’s just the Lord and I. No matter what other people choose, no matter what is done to me, no matter what situation I find myself in, I am committed and choosing to do this with the Lord.
The process of letting Him take me, and lead me, and fix me, and change me, and mold me, and grow me.
That is restoration.
It’s my choice, and it’s yours, too.
Let me tell you, this learning hasn’t been easy, and I have to repeat this over myself daily. Some days, hourly.
But, yes, the Lord will restore us. He promises it.
1 PETER 5:10 (TPT)
And then, after your brief suffering, the God of all loving grace, who has called you to share in his eternal glory in Christ, will personally and powerfully restore you and make you stronger than ever. Yes, he will set you firmly in place and build you up.
JOEL 2:25-27 (ESV)
I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.
It can be dangerous when we start equating things that aren’t possible, or in our human control, with things that are free for the choosing from the Lord.
Let’s shift our mind off of the things we can’t control to the things He can. Thank you, Jesus, for the tremendous gift of restoration.
Peace to you,