5. to reconstruct (an extinct animal, former landscape, etc.)
1. to return (something, esp a work of art or building) to an original or former condition
2. to bring back to health, good spirits, etc.
3. to return (something lost, stolen, etc.) to its owner
4. to reintroduce or re-enforce to restore discipline
return to its original or usable and functioning condition
*preacher voice* turn to ya neeeighbour and say 'functioning' mmmm....no seriously. Are there ever days where you just feel like you're not functioning?? I mean, yes, you're alive, and all your body parts are intact, but mentally, up there, you're not functioning? You just want to be restored back to that place of peace. You want to return to something you knew you had before - that state of mind where you felt right, settled, centred or however you want to call it. Life sometimes has a way of knocking us off our feet and making us feel dysfunctional. In fact all of us are dysfunctional in some way. That's what sin does to us. That's why Christ came. To restore us back to to relationship with God where we are whole, complete and satisfied in him. Today I had one of those days. In fact, this past month or so has been one of those months. Despite the drama, I'm comforted by the fact that God has promises of restoration in his word. Everywhere. My favourite one at the moment is in Joel chapter 2 "
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
Locusts can be anything that causes you to regret the past or look at the future with less hope than you should. It could be a sin that has eaten away at you for so long that you feel like you've 'lost' that time. It could be people that you've allowed into your life that hurt you, and caused you pain that you feel will never go away.
When locusts go through a crop or piece of land, they completely and utterly destroy it, to the point where it looks like there is nothing left. Nothing left to work with. Although we all have to face the consequences of our actions, God promises that he can he can use every and any situation for good. He can restore. The same God that can make the universe literally from nothing,can definitely restore your life, not matter how broken, or messy or empty it may feel at the moment. *smile*
Peace, Love, and Hair Grease xx