A few months ago, my cell phone became permanently impaired after it consumed a large dose of rubbing alcohol. Its inebriated state made some of the buttons stick, which resulted in some interesting drunk texts. Damage to the microphone also made it sound as if I was talking under water.
Since I had to practically yell to be understood, I probably looked like a poster child for road rage as I drove around town with my phone tucked in my shirt so I wouldn’t be fined for talking on the phone while driving.
I looked into getting an upgraded phone. But after studying a few plans, I decided to just replace the one I had by using the accident protection plan I had purchased a year and a half earlier. The only problem was my purchase receipt and accident protection packet had gotten lost during my move.
One day, as I pulled into the parking lot of our local department store after an incredibly frustrating phone call, I said with an exasperated tone “I wish I had a hands-free!”
“Surprisingly I heard the Lord whisper in my spirit, “Why don’t you get one?”
“Because my phone doesn’t work,” I answered.
“Why not get a new phone?” He again whispered.
“Yeah! Why not?!”
Armed with determination, I went to the sales counter and asked for the number of the company that issued the protection plan. Long story short, after explaining my situation, the gentlemen on the other end line said that he I was going to give me a once in lifetime opportunity and refund me the purchase amount of my phone. Since phone prices had gone down considerably in the last year and half, I was able to get an upgraded phone, a new replacement contract, and a hands-free device, all for the amount of my refund. Now that’s restoration!
Last night, I witnessed another testimony of restoration as a divorced couple was reunited in marriage. As I looked at the faces of the beautiful bride and her handsome groom, it was obvious they weren’t just reuniting, they were starting over. The exchange of vows and rings signified their new and better beginnings (marriage upgrade), complete with a new contract (commitment) and the freedom to accomplish all God has for them to do.
When the pastor married this precious couple, he commented how their marriage was a testimony of God’s restoration to each one of us. I couldn’t agree more!
Our sin separates us from God. His love through the sacrifice of His Son makes all things new and restores us into relationship with Him. This new covenant frees us to receive all He has for us and equips us to do all He has for us to do, while bringing us beauty from ashes and joy and dancing from sorrow. Now…that’s what I call RESTORATION!
“The threshing floors shall be full of wheat,
And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.
So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
The crawling locust,
The consuming locust,
And the chewing locust,[b]
My great army which I sent among you.
26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
And praise the name of the Lord your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;(Joel 2:24-26)
May the Lord restore to all you!