“‘I shall restore to you the years that the locust, the swarming locust, the canker-worm and the caterpillar have eaten – my great army that I sent among you.”You will surely eat and be satisfied, and praise the Name of ADONAI your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. Never again will My people be shamed.'” Joel 2:25-26 TLV
Restoration: the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition. (refer to http://www.dictionary.com). It’s incredible to believe that less than two years ago, we were fighting foreclosure on our home. Just three years ago, we were asking ourselves where we would go, what we would do. I know I’ve written before about our financial hardships & the struggle to pay the mortgage on our house. How God had kept and delivered us from devastation. There is no doubt, He is an AWESOME God.
But what happened this past week took my belief in my Restorer to a whole new level. My husband’s car finally broke down two weeks ago, and after a stressful few days of dealing with tow trucks, mechanics, and calculations; we decided it was time for a new car – one that might require making monthly payments. There are times when you know God is the Restorer, and then there are times in which He reminds us that He is OUR Restorer.
I had prayed, sought counsel, and praised God throughout this situation. And, let me say this, though there were tough moments, I thank God for the righteous influences in my life. My husband & I sat across from the man at the car dealership, as we filled out a credit application & looked at each other in silence. Repossessions, missed payments, a year & a half of missed mortgage payments – all these ran through my head. I had been working on my credit, but I just didn’t know what would happen.
Then, the gentleman said, “Credit scores are funny. Your score is a little low but your report is good. Your mortgage payments are perfect…” What? Our mortgage payments are perfect?! All I could do was look at him & shake my head in agreement! Why…yes, yes they are! He didn’t know that some time ago, we had just regained our home; the credit report told him nothing! Long story short – we got a new car (praise break!). But, most importantly, God reminded me that He is not only MY Restorer, but He is also MY Rebuilder & MY Renovator! My Restoration Station.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for all that You are in my life. You are Adonai, the Lord of my life! Lord, You are my Restorer, my Redeemer, my Rebuilder; the Repairer of the walls of my life! I praise You, Lord, for being my Renovator and making me new again. Thank You for all that You are and all that You have done. I don’t take it lightly or for granted. You never let Your children be put to shame. You are better to me than I deserve. Holy Spirit, as I go through this week, help me to keep my mind focused on God and trusting in Him. Father, You are worthy of all glory, honor, and praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen.