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