“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten….” Joel 2:25
So many years had been wasted in the wandering and the seeking of self. With each lost way, each broken heart, and each broken dream the tiny fragments of grace would bring us to a place of restoration.
Not much has changed since the times of the wandering. As a generational boomer I was an official offspring of what was first introduced as the “throwaway culture”. This term was first introduced in Life magazine in 1955 and it marked the beginning of our disposable society. And like it or not, agree or disagree, it would be with a deep and grieving heart that this so called “throwaway culture” would even begin to view our children and our aging as disposable. A desensitized culture; or so it would seem, and as with all past generations there would be “some things” we could hold in honor as well as, the decisions, and “the things” we would remember in disgrace.
But it is not our nature to remember the swarming locusts; nor do we want to remember the desolation of the destruction. But God calls us to repentance and forgiveness ~ For the life we live in our bodies, the final throwaway products that house our souls; will after all, determine our eternal fate and the eternity of our souls. Do we throw away our souls? With a flesh desensitized do we also allow the penetration of desensitization of your souls?
“Return to the Lord your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and that you may live. (Deuteronomy 30:2-3,6)
Return, Repurpose, Restore
I just love these words – Return, Repurpose, Restore
“Return” – there is stated ownership in the word return. There is a giving back, there is a decision “to turn”, there is a going home. Return ~ the Lord is saying you already belong to me – but return. Return back, return home.
“Repurpose” – There is hope in this word – repurpose. Perhaps your original purpose was not fulfilled. Perhaps the original purpose was in fact, “thrown away”. That’s okay. The Lords says return to me and I will repurpose you. I will give you a new restoration. I will repurpose and restore all the years the locusts have eaten.
“Restore” – There is life in this word and we are returned to the original condition for which we were intended. To remake as useful – to restore.
And after you return, and you are repurposed in restoration, then the Lord will delight in making you prosperous in His abundant life. And you may live – not just in the throwaway flesh of your bodies but you will live in the eternity of your souls.
And not just you, but your offspring. You will live… your children will live ~ a promise for us and the restoration of our children. And I will take delight in prospering you and not just prospering, but doing so abundantly ~
“The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb, and in the fruit of your cattle and in the fruit of your ground. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers, when you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statues that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 30:9-10)
I am so grateful, so very thankful for a merciful and patient God. A God that looked beyond what could have been discarded and patiently waited for our return so that he could take delight in our repurpose, delight in our abundant life in His purpose.
He did not throw us away. ~ Amen :Y