God Restores What We Abandon

restore, revive, recycle, makeover, Master Creator, useful, beautifulDrooping. Lifeless. Abandoned. Destined for the trash. Appropriate word choices for the plant sitting on the bargain rack of our local home improvement garden section.

But you wouldn’t describe these flowering petunias with those same words, would you?

Yet that pathetic description fit this hanging plant perfectly when I bought it a couple of weeks ago. Could it bloom again? Would it form soft, lilac petals again on its tired, worn stems?

It did, and it is…now a beautiful, restored blooming plant in my home garden. Amazing what a little water, sunshine, TLC, and the Master Creator’s touch did for that ailing creation.

God Restores and Revives

What we abandon and label as Useless and Dying, God restores, revives, and calls Beautiful. That’s a principle in Scripture that applies to all of us repeatedly.

I love the quote from the movie Seabiscuit that says, “You don’t throw a whole life away just ’cause it’s banged up a little bit.” Haven’t we all been “a little banged up” at times?

I failed to take a picture of the plant above when I first bought it. But I’m glad I didn’t. Just like my life and yours–wouldn’t you rather forget what you looked like before God breathed new life into your tired, worn limbs? What a joy to know that God restores!

God Makes All Things Beautiful

Whoever you are, no matter what “labels” you’ve endured, or how you or others have described you, Jesus offers new hope. He is indeed the God who restores and revives. He is the One who makes all things beautiful when we abandon ourselves to His tender, loving care.

And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him (2 Corinthians 3:18, MSG.).

He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory (Isaiah 61:3, NLT).

He… rescues the wretched who’ve been thrown out with the trash (Psalm 113:7, MSG).

Another post of mine, God the Great Recycler, offers an additional perspective on how God brings life and joy from the trash heaps of life. You might like to check it out here.

It’s Your Turn to Share

What about you? Have you ever felt abandoned or useless? How have you experienced God’s restoration? Would you share your comments below?

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4 Responses to “God Restores What We Abandon”

  1. Nancy Griggs on April 21st, 2017 4:15 pm

    I have often felt that I was worthless and unloved. A few years ago I was in my seventies living far from any family and wondering how the Lord could possibly use me. Then I got involved with Proverbs 31 Ministry and their online Bible studies. Now I am a small Facebook leader for a group of twenty women. I have friends all over the country and in other nations. I also do blog support where I daily encourage and love on others. I also take time to write to those who write devotions for Guideposts. Daily I encourage them in their writing. God isn’t done with me yet. I can still minister to others. Praise God!

  2. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on April 25th, 2017 2:29 pm

    Nancy, thanks for stopping by and sharing–and for your encouragement. If we are willing, God will always use us!

  3. Desmond Cheetham on April 29th, 2017 2:42 pm

    Hello Rebecca Barlow Jordan thank you for good things you have been doing .. Please i really need your help ,i want to know more about the word of God ..I want to be a pastor ,Please can you teach me all the ways so that i will be come a better person someday ..Thank you for your kindness

    Desmond Ccheetham

  4. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on May 2nd, 2017 10:32 am

    Desmond, your relationship with Jesus, the Son of God, is the most important relationship and decision you will ever make. Accepting His death, burial, and resurrection and the price He paid for your (and all of our) sins is the basis for that relationship. Through His Holy Spirit and His Word, He will teach you His ways, His love, and His faithfulness. There are many Bible-believing pastors and teachers who can help you on your journey.

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