ATB 42 Restoration (No Place Like Home)

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 watching.  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 are those where you will see individuals working on homes. I have to admit the notion of working on homes that are in despair 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 particular 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 it should have been condemned and forgotten about.  But what stood out on this particular 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 condemn-able nor are we to be forgotten about.

The scriptures have declared that 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 has proven to be both good and bad.  A journey whereby at times  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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About dupree73

I was raised and grew up in the United Methodist Church. While I do proudly embrace my background and personal history within the United Methodist Church, I do feel that ultimately what is important is not the denomination that you are a part of. What matters most is the relationship that you have with the Lord. Part and parcel to any relationship is the level of commitment that one makes to it. With any and all relationships they are going to take time to grow. Through the years if I were to describe my relationship with the Lord using one word it would be “transformation.” Continuing to grow daily in my walk with the Lord, and as well continue to display the fruits of his spirit daily is for me what my life is all about. Frankly for these times, my attitude and belief is that the world is looking at those who are Christians to see if in fact their talk does indeed match their walk. As for me, my goal is to on a daily basis to be that individual who by virtue of their talk and their walk is by nature “peculiar.” If then by chance this way of living does indeed glorify the Lord, then my life indeed is destined to make a difference.
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