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Here is the Daily Dose for Thursday, February 6, 2020.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10
I am a self-confessed car guy. Some of my earliest memories as a child revolve around cars. I still remember all of my dad’s cars from when I was a child. I remember all of my Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars growing up as well. As a matter of fact, I still have many of those cars. As a kid, I loved shiny, flashy, beautiful cars, but as an adult, there is another type of car that has caught my attention. As much as I love beautiful new cars, I have started to really have an appreciation for restored cars. It has gotten so bad that I will watch television shows about cars being restored just to see the process of getting the car back in shape from where it was when the restorers found it.
Every car restoration show is pretty much the same. The stars of the show are on a search for a particular type of car because of its beauty or value, but they can never find one. So they hear about on that is somewhere off the beaten path. They show up and find it is exactly what they are looking for, the only thing is the car is in horrible shape. It has been damaged, beaten by the weather and often left to rot by the owners. So the restorers take it back to their shop and immediately get to work on it. They have to take some parts off, switch some parts out, and do a lot of work on other parts. They get some replacements, they manufacture some one of a kind pieces, and they put it all back together. When they are done, what was once a wreck that had been discarded is restored better than new and is now as valuable as cars like it that have been pampered since they were purchased.
Friends, like cars, sometimes we need to be restored. We have been beaten by life, suffered through issues and we might be down on our luck. That is when God shows up to do restoration work. Like the people that restore cars, God knows our value no matter what state he finds us in. We may have forgotten who we are and what we are worth but God never does. God finds us and begins the work of restoration. He begins the work of restoring our hearts and mind so that we can remember who we are not what we have been through. It is in that restoration that what we have been through goes away and who we have always bee shines through. So when you feel like all is lost, know that it is not. It is just time for a restoration.