The Patina of Restoration

In times of suffering sometimes the greatest fear is that we just won’t be able to cope with the situation. We really can’t imagine the magnitude of what life has handed us nor conceive that we have the ability to bear up under life’s load.

Here’s a wonderful promise from God’s Word:

“So after you have suffered a little while He will restore, support and strengthen you and He will place you on a firm foundation.” I Peter 5:10b

One of God’s promises for the one who has placed their complete trust and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ is:
Restoration – being made complete, repaired, made functional again – polished and shined to an original (or perhaps better than original) state.

I love antiques. I’m reminded that something that is restored afterward looks even better than it was originally – it is in great working order, every detail has been meticulously attended to, but there is also an added wonderful patina of age that makes the piece even more lovely than its original state. Somehow in being restored after it has been used and worn, it is better than before. There is a richness, a depth, a deep beauty.

That’s a small picture of the hope we have in God’s restoring process of our souls. Life sometimes beats on us. We brave the elements and get weathered. Some rust starts to form. We don’t work as well as we should. Under the firm but gentle hand of the Master Restorer our lives are attended to and shined as never before. We are restored for useful service and in the process become beautiful in a way something brand new can. Restored.

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