“Restoration in progress”
“Road temporarily closed”
These are all words from signages around our neighborhood. The pipes for our water supply are being checked and replaced with new ones. One sign said, “we’re working to serve you better.” However, the construction and roadworks can become a nuissance—with all the dust from drilling, the piles of rubble and debris, the detours to longer routes just to get out of some streets. It’s hard to see the restoration with all the commotion that’s happening.
It can be that way in our hearts too. Sometimes all we’re seeing is mess. We only see the bad and the ugly. We highlight every wrong thing that’s happening. And even when we know our hearts need restoration, we’re not willing to go through the work that goes along with it. It’s easy to want a better water supply system, but the actual work is hard. It’s easy to desire bigger dreams, but the road to it is costly. It’s easy to pray for healing, but believing we’re healed is a different story. But the work. All the work is worth it in the end.
We need to look to the One who created our hearts. Sometimes we don’t see that God is doing something inside us, because we’re too focused on the chaos that surrounds us. We need to open our hearts before Him so He can make us new. We’ll need to close down some roads and limit our accessibility so that He can continue what He started in you. When you feel like you’re getting drilled, He is laying down new pipes in our hearts so that love can flow more freely. He is paving the roads of our minds to make way for thoughts of compassion, service, and purpose.
And this restoration can only happen because Jesus made a way for us, by laying down His life and rising again.
So rise up, start again. Restoration begins here, now.
“So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body.”
Hebrews 10:19-21 MSG
- bring back (a previous right, practice, custom, or situation); reinstate.
- return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position.
- repair or renovate (a building, work of art, vehicle, etc.) so as to return it to its original condition.