Restoration: Day Six
trust the process
READ: Ruth 4, I Thessalonians 5:23
As we move forward after this week, may we look at God and trust He will complete the restoration process. Sometimes restoration doesn’t look like what we thought. Let me tell you a little of my “restoration” story. A year ago I asked the Lord to do a new work in my heart. I felt like I had been battling depression and anxiety for so long and this was going to be the year He would help me find healing from it.
As the year went on, life traveled along and the ups and downs of living with depression never let up. Even during the summer months, which happens to be my “good” months, I could feel the weight of it. I struggled even more during the summer. As fall marched in with the coldness of winter right behind, I remembered my “word” for the year: restore. I looked back and reflected on my year but I didn’t find the restoration I had hoped for. Instead, I found I still was struggling with depression and anxiety with no end in sight. The next year will bring more change and probably a lot of heartache and I wondered to my heart:
God, did you forget you promised me restoration?
It was then when I was honest with God, He showed me these verses in Ruth 4:13-14:
“Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a redeem and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”
Naomi was surely so broken by the death of her sons and husband, but that wasn't the end of her story. In fact, HERE is the end of Naomi's story. God was going to restore her life. No, her story did not probably end like the way she wanted it to end. She was still a widow. The ache of her loss never quite left her, but God restored and redeemed her story. In fact, Naomi was able to nurse the child of Ruth and Boaz.
How do we keep moving when it seems difficult and God isn’t restoring the pieces we wanted Him to? We trust God will restore the broken pieces. NO, it will not look like what we think. In fact, I am moving into this next year realizing the restoration God did in my heart was not profound or even noticeable. I almost missed it. The restoration was found in the peace, joy, and light I experience in the MIDDLE of my moments with depression and anxiety.
The restoration God promises always involves redemption and we can rest in that.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restore my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3
1. Where is God restoring the pieces of my life?
2. How has God already restored some things I might have missed?
3. What steps do I need to take to be closer to this God of redemption and rest?
O Father who loves us so, may I praise your name for you are indeed the redeemer and restorer of my life. I can’t always see the ways you are working, but I know you love me and I can rest in knowing you WILL restore all of the broken pieces.