The picture of this car sums up what I am trying to share in today’s post about RESTORATION. I don’t know what you have lost, I don’t know how badly beaten and bruised you may be, I don’t know who told you that you have no hope or that you are too broken. All I know is that I know a GOD that has promised to restore to you. Please don’t stop believing. Take a few minutes to read the post below about my friend who God restored completely from some of the most traumatic experiences a human being can have. Read her story and be encouraged knowing that there is nothing you are going through that God isn’t aware of.
Definition of restoration
1: an act of restoring or the condition of being restored: such as a : a bringing back to a former position or condition : reinstatement the restoration of peace b : restitution c : a restoring to an unimpaired or improved condition the restoration of a painting d : the replacing of missing teeth or crowns
I once lived in Colombia for a year and I met a lovely girl who became a dear friend. Of course as life happens, we lost touch after we both left the country but thanks to Facebook we reconnected. One day my friend sent me a message: she was leaving Nigeria to go for her masters in the UK because she was tired and needed a break. She told me how she had gotten married in 2012 and then gotten pregnant. In 2013, herdsmen in Nasawara killed her husband who was a soldier while she was pregnant. She had her daughter and was trying to cope with her reality when her daughter also passed away. Can you imagine losing your husband and only child in one year? By the time I was speaking to my friend in 2014, she was ready to escape her life and decided to go and do something. Her siblings came together and paid for her to go to the UK to do her masters.
My friend thrived! She finished her Masters with excellent results. Thanks to Facebook, I saw her progress. The next message I got from my friend was that she was getting married. This was in 2016. You can’t begin to imagine my joy and happiness. God is truly a God of restoration. We always think we have hit rock bottom and we don’t know what way to turn. When things get truly difficult, we question God, we wonder why he let us go through it but if you know the God you serve, you will know that often times, after we hit rock bottom, it means we are about to experience a new chapter. I couldn’t help but admire my friend’s spirit, that instead of sinking into depression and just shutting down, she chose to LIVE. She had so many reasons to stay stuck, to wallow in self pity, to be miserable but she CHOSE TO LIVE.
The best part of this story? My friend just had a naming ceremony for her baby. YES!! Two years later, she is remarried and has a beautiful baby. Isn’t God just amazing? God has restored all that was stolen from her and you KNOW that God does abundantly more than we can hope for or imagine (Eph 3:20) so I know this is just the beginning for my friend.
I just want to say this to you, no matter who you are and no matter what you are going through. You will be FINE. God will restore you. He will turn your mourning into dancing. This struggle won’t last long. God has written a great ending for your story. No good story can avoid some form of conflict but it always ends well. Please don’t let this take away what you do have. You are alive, you have hope. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE UP! Your latter days will be greater than your former days in Jesus Name.
Remember Job: “the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10 NKJV)
To all who mourn in Israel,[c] he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations. Foreigners will be your servants. They will feed your flocks
and plow your fields and tend your vineyards. You will be called priests of the Lord, ministers of our God. You will feed on the treasures of the nations and boast in their riches. Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. (Isaiah 61 NLT)