From book  In the Spirit intended

In this age of media when it comes to television we have

multiple cable channels.  Unlike in the dark ages, today’s

channels, it would seem, are endless.  Witness the seemingly

endless variety of programming that is available for

Cooking shows, sports, nature-based shows, it goes on and

on. I personally have an interest in some of the cooking shows.  I

am often amazed at what the chefs and others are creating in

their restaurants and as well in their personal kitchens.  Now

I will admit; a lot of what I see them creating goes right

over my head.  Not to mention that some of the creations they

come up with are way beyond anything I could come up with. 

 One of the different shows that I have watched from time to

time, outside the cooking shows, is those where you will see

individuals working on homes.  I must admit, the notion of

working on homes that are in disrepair is something that I do

find intriguing.  While I am not a fix-it-up type of guy, none

the less the art and process of finding a home that would

appear to be totally uninhabitable is something to behold.

If by chance you are familiar with these types of programs

then surely you have witnessed individuals accomplishing

something which might seem to be impossible. 

While watching a program one afternoon what

truly was amazing was that on this program the individuals

found a home that was, for all practical purposes, condemned. 

At first glance my thoughts were that this was a home that

was beyond hope.  By all accounts, it, in my eyes should have

been condemned and forgotten about.  But what stood out on

this episode was not just the fact that they were

able to repair the home, but that they were able to bring that

home back to the point where it was truly a thing of beauty. 

At the end of show, they were asked what was their

motivation.  Their answer came in one profound word.

Restoration. I have, since that afternoon, given thought to

that word; Restoration.  And to that end I have been given to

reflect on the process of restoration as it regards our lives. 

Each of us, if we are honest with that person that we see in the

mirror, can look back over the course of our lives and think

back to times when we were truly a mess.  And as well,

we all have experienced those moments in time where the

world around us may have told us that we were a hot mess,

and that we were for all practical purposes beyond repair. 

Some of us have even been told that yes, we needed to be

condemned and forgotten about.  A growing reality in today’s

world is that the aforementioned is sadly more the rule rather

that the exception. 

With the conflicting battle within us questioning our true

worth, and as well at times the world telling us that we are a

living example of disrepair, we may at times have been

reduced to glancing into a mirror and saying, “Mirror, mirror on the

wall, am I worth anything, anything at all?”

For all that we may think of ourselves, and for all that an

outside world may paint us to be, I am reminded of the fact

that even though we ourselves or the world may consider us

beyond repair, in God’s eyes we are not condemnable nor are

we to be forgotten about. 

 The scripture has declared God’s ways are not our ways, nor

are his thoughts our thoughts.  And most importantly God

does not see us as the world does nor does he see the person

that we see in the mirror. None of us, in God’s eyes, are beyond repair.  Even at what

appears to be our worst, even when we ourselves have

dismissed ourselves as worthless God sees in us a value and

importance that is beyond our comprehension. Where we see

pain, God sees promise, where we see despair, God sees hope,

where we see darkness, God sees a light.


This journey of life has via our experiences proven to be one of

both the good and the bad.  A journey whereby at times yes,

we have found on more than one occasion that we feel broken

and truly beyond repair.  But because of who our heavenly

father is, and because with him all things are possible, when

we find ourselves at our most desperate hour or seemingly at

the end of all hope, we can go down to the potter’s house. 

At the potter’s house we will find our heavenly father. 

He will take us and restore us, making us brand new, putting

us back together again.  Restoration by the hand of God is

done so with pure love, for God is love.  As we allow God to

restore us we do so knowing that through him we will indeed

come forth as new creations, declaring to the world that our

God is indeed an awesome God!

To God be the Glory

Alan T. Black


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