res-to-ra-tion (res’te r ashen) 1. Action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition 2) to return to a former or normal state.
When I looked up the word “restoration” on the internet, I got links to hardware. Surely other things beside cabinets are restored, made new again. Take furniture, cars, houses, computer files, photos, even people, for instance. They can all be restored. So can heaven and earth!
Let’s see what restoration looks like in different contexts. First, how can we repair, fix, mend, or refurbish that which is broken? We check for imperfections. The dining room table has a scratch and broken leg. The barn-find Ferrari is rusty from being exposed to the weather, and the patina on its cracked leather upholstery is dull. This old house “ain’t” what she used to be; the foundation is slanting and the doors are ajar; the computer files are lost; and personal relationships are strained. Our world is polluted with toxic air and water.
Understandably, our things, or objects of affection, are important up to a point. Furniture serves a utilitarian purpose. Cars, houses, and computers, whether common or costly, are necessary in urban society. Some would argue that television, cell phones, and McDonald’s fast food are all essential to living.
This is not a conversation about the worthiness of anything in particular. The topic is about broken things, places, and people. What needs to be fixed? Look around your house. Get a glimpse of your community. Take a mental walk down a deep thinking path to persons in your life. Everything lookin’ good?
If not, restoration is possible. You don’t need a grocery list of what to do. Recognize the problem and begin the repairs.
On the spiritual side of this, I was a broken girl at age 13, carrying sinful scars of an otherwise good girl.
I needed something or someone to heal the imperfections. When I walked down an aisle at Grace Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa, besides the pastor, a loving heavenly Father greeted me. He took away my sin. I was made new (not yet perfect) from the inside out! Any occurrence of a soul being transformed is the highest form of restoration. I am still amazed at God’s marvelous grace.
For your own research, read the following passages on restoration: Gal. 6:1; II Tim. 3:16-17; Ps. 23:3; 2 Cor. 13:11; and Gal. 6:1; Isa. 65:17; Rev. 21:1. Yes, someday God will even restore heaven and earth…and here’s the best part…we won’t think of the old ones anymore! That’s heaven.
Have you every restored anything tattered or torn? How did it turn out? If God has restored your health or soul or both, let me know. I’d love to hear from you.
All the best,
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