Restoration of the Heart
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10
God is in the business of restoration. And when I think of His restoration, two things come to mind: this verse in 1 Peter, and Chip and Joanna Gaines. In both we see the idea of restoration beautifully illustrated.
For one, restoration involves suffering. The restoration process of both homes as well as our hearts is one that is painful, hard, and just plain brutal. The homes Chip and Joanna come upon are rough, but so are our hearts when Christ comes upon them. So, it takes an immense amount of work, labor, and pain to begin to tear down that which currently exists—to bust down the walls of pride, to chip away at the rust that is sin, to tear up the foundation of flesh and self that exists.
And throughout this suffering, things often appear chaotic. It is easy to look at a home during the process of restoration and think, “What is going on? Is this even worth it?” or, “Things look worse now than they did before!” But just like with our hearts, the bigger picture—the grander plan—is understood by He who holds the blue print. Only He knows the true purpose to the chaos. We simply trust and obey that in stripping everything down to the bare bones, He has something of beauty in store.
While at the end of Fixer Upper we always get to see the finished product, here on earth we must await eternal glory for that sweet, tear-filled reveal of our fully restored hearts. We are still in the restoration process…but we are assured that through it, we are continually being strengthened and established, being made ready for the Big Reveal.
Lord, I pray for patience and trust as You restore my heart to its intended beauty. While You knock down my walls, uproot my foundation, and clean out the gunk, I pray You keep me and comfort me as the pain of this process is real. Help me to have faith in Your plan and hope in Your process. Amen.
Take some time and reflect on how God is restoring you today. What challenges in your life are serving to renovate your heart? What characteristics of God can you rest in during this often painful process?
Nicole Mason is a born and raised Texas girl with a passionate heart for all things Christ, truth, and coffee. She is newly married and graduated, currently thriving in what it means to abandon all plans in pursuit of God’s will. She received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, only to be called to seminary her senior year for a masters in ministry studies. She hopes to use her degree as well as her personal devotion to the Gospel to draw women out of self and into truth, so they may know the joys and pleasures that come from laying down our flesh and pursuing God’s glory whole-heartedly.