A few weeks ago, in my mother’s house, I found a Christmas ornament from 1996 that was lost in her office. Unlike the others, this one was never wrapped up and put away each year to annually find its way on the Christmas tree. Two decades of neglect left it looking more like a relic instead of something to ring in great tidings of joy! Still, that not so shiny silver bell somehow managed to minister to me.
As we come to the end of this year, many of us are at a loss trying to figure out what happened to 2017? I’m confident that I am not alone with “to dos” left undone and more than a few things that fell by the wayside.
As I polished the “lost” ornament, I was reminded that God restores us as well. Through Christ, we can not only renew our minds, but God can restore whatever we may lack including the time lost for those things He purposed for our lives. The sin that continually tarnishes us and would keep us from our destiny, our Savior’s blood wipes away.
It may have taken twenty years, but “Christmas 1996” is finally on a tree.
Never give up on your goals and aspirations that seem long-lost. Whatever we lose (or was stolen) our Father’s love can surely restore!
If you feel like you’ve lost more than can ever be found, I challenge you to trust God. Our Savior descended from Heaven not only for an eternal promise, but that we can live fruitful and meaningful lives now.
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.
John Newton 1779
My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
And from those who persecute me.
Make Your face shine upon Your servant;
Save me for Your mercies’ sake.
Psalm 31: 15-16 NKJV
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake
Psalm 23:3 NKJV