One of the things I love about antiques is that they usually have a story to tell.
The type of wood and the style used to make a piece of furniture can tell you where and when it was made. Marks on the bottom of pottery give you a clue to its origins, and perhaps even the name of the artist who fashioned it. The condition of a piece tells you what sort of life it’s had.
But occasionally antiques tell us something a bit deeper than that.
For instance, I recently bought an antique oak side chair dating from the mid-1800s. It’s nothing impressive, simply the type of armless chair you might have at your dining room table.
The tale it tells is rather moving, however.
I can tell from the dozens of drilled holes around the perimeter of the seat frame that it once had a cane or rush seat. The material must have broken decades ago, because a plywood seat was later installed. Even this seat has been upholstered twice since.
One of the chair’s bottom rails broke at some point and is being held together with a tiny makeshift splint. Several of the back splats fractured as well, and were replaced with ones made from a different type of wood. There’s also evidence of repairs to wobbly joints over the decades.
What does all this tell me?
That someone never gave up on this little chair.
With all its woes and breakages, they could have simply thrown it out. But they loved it so much that they thought it was worth repairing, and they did so, over and over again.
Do you know that God feels the same way about you?
He’ll never give up on you!
No matter how many times He has to come to your rescue, He’ll keep doing so. He loves you so much that He’ll never cast you aside. He thinks you’re well worth the trouble to restore.
After all, God is in the restoration business!
If a certain part of your life isn’t working anymore, God can repurpose it. He can bring new people and ideas into your situation and give you a fresh start.
“The LORD helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.” (Psalm 145:14)
If you’ve experienced brokenness, God can bandage you up and put a splint on your weakness. He can firm up the areas of your life that are wobbly by lending you His strength.
“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)
Most importantly, He can redeem you from the bad choices you might have made in your life. Through His Son Jesus’ work on the Cross, your sins can be forgiven and you can be restored to a right relationship with God. You can be made new again!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Could you use some restoration in your life?
Call out to God and let Him give you new life and purpose. He loves you, cherishes you, and will never give up on you.
If you want to see furniture that no one has given up on, visit an antique shop.
But if you want to see a person that God will never give up on, look in the mirror!
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