At Real Talk Tuesday we write about the real – the reality of living out faith in the ordinary, everyday mundane. Can I be honest with you? Sometimes holding onto faith is challenging. It’s not all rainbows and warm fuzzies. Faith is born out in the ordinariness of living everyday. It’s in the rise and fall of each day. It’s in the way we think, live, move, work, and play. The longer I live, the more I find that I cannot separate my faith from my daily life. The more I deal with the roughness of life, the more I realize how faith in God becomes my shield and forward moving force.
This week we’re talking about restoration. The very act of being restored takes an act of faith, a willingness to come back to our originally designed state. But what if we’re too comfortable with the way things are? What if we’ve gotten used to being so hurt, broken, upside down, and topsy-turvy that we’ve forgotten what it really means to live freely whole? What if restoration is an invitation to live again and to rise from the black hole of our ashes? This is where I’m at in this right now moment. God is bringing me to a place of restoration, faith has helped me hang on through it all.
Of course, no one tells you that restoration may be painful, uncomfortable, or throw you off kilter. No one tells you that you’re going to have to let go of some things so you can walk without the dead of weight of lifeless things like the bonds of the past, unforgiveness, sorrow, anger, lies, misconceptions, or apprehensions. No one tells you you’re going to have to willfully and daily choose to believe you will see goodness despite the circumstances. Faith encourages us to hold on through the process of restoration. And it is a process. I don’t think restoration is an overnight success story. It happens as we go and as we choose to be made well, right, and whole.
I have been thinking through some intensely personal issues and concerns of late. I’ll spare you all the details, but I’ll tell you this one thing. Sometimes restoration is about repentance – changing our minds and dealing with the realities of our thoughts and actions. In this season, restoration has meant looking at past hurts and emotional responses to specific people, things, and events and acknowledging my part in it all. It’s not about letting others off the hook. It’s more about me seeing how I am still responding and if those responses are keeping me free or imprisoning me.
Let me tell you, it’s been eye opening to see that some of those responses have been imprisoning. I wouldn’t have known that without walking through the process, the pain, and the heartache. I had to take an honest look at my heart and mind. I had to pray and seek God because no matter what I did, I could not shake the idea that something wasn’t quite right in me. God doesn’t do this to be mean. He leads me through this to remind me who I am meant to be in Him – free, whole, redeemed, and purposed. Anything that gets in the way of that, He reveals to us. If we are willing to change and walk it out, He leads us to complete healing and wholeness. God never forces us to change. He invites us.
I accept His invitation because I know it means returning to the original state for which I was designed. Designed for righteousness, peace, joy, gentleness, hope, and love. Restoration is not an end point. It is a journey we are all on. It is a way of being. It is a way to live out the fullness of our divine identity. It was how we can reconnect to our divine purpose and calling. While it may be painful to process through, restoration is a beautiful thing. I am ready to live a mended life.
I want to encourage you to hold faith and not to give up. Choose to believe that God has good for you no matter what. I’d love to hear your restoration stories. You can join our link up this week.