All of us have had times in life when we feel tired, run down, beat up and abandoned. Life comes at us hard and is as unrelenting as a winter storm. Driving wind and rain pelt us with circumstances and relationships beyond our control. These storms leave behind damage, both seen and unseen. Over time we lose our luster, our outward swagger and pretty soon the paint is peeling, windows are broken and the elements are beginning to ravage our inner dwelling.
I am a visual person. Kind of simple really, but I see life in pictures.
I like to think of people as a house. Not an apartment, or a condo or your run of the mill cookie cutter track home. I envision people as grand homes with large inviting porches that are like a smile encouraging conversation and granting entry to the heart. But sometimes our smile dims as we wrestle through the daily ness that is life and in our hurting and brokenness we close the door to our hearts and retreat.
Inside, if we take a look around we see that over time, the stress and hurt has caused fractures in our heart and our hope is fading like old wallpaper that once was vibrant and glorious. Our boundaries have been crossed so many times that the shiny finish has been stripped away. As we tour the rooms of our heart we realize that we are in desperate need of renovation. There are many make over shows these days in the world of reality TV.
All those programs pale in comparison with the power and majesty of the Holy Spirit and His ability to make you new and restore you to the glory that God intended for you.
He knows your heart. He created you. He knows your hurt. He bled for you. He desires healing, restoration and wholeness for you, for He made you in His image and for His delight and glory. Restoration is hard. It is messy. It is inconvenient. Restoration is necessary. Unlike the make over shows that begin with complete demolition and destruction of the existing structure, God begins with the heart. He rebuilds. He molds and smoothes and soothes the places of the heart that are hurting, leaking and broken. He doesn’t go to the salvage yard and retrofit pieces to try to make them work. He creates in us beauty from brokenness.
If you are reading this and find yourself in need of renovation, restoration and renewal, I pray you will find the courage to undergo restoration of the heart.