We went to a service at our church and as soon as the word OUR word came out of our pastors mouth. We knew. Here it is.....
Have you ever read the book of Nehemiah? Okay little Sunday school lesson in a nutshell. So the walls of Jerusalem had been broken down in Judah. Nehemiah's brother came and shared the news to which Nehemiah was torn and heartbroken. He begged his king if he can go and repair the walls which were in rubble. The walls came down, well.. were burnt down. Nehemiah wanted to restore these walls to honor the Lord. He set out to build rock by rock, and then they came "builder of the walls." Gods people. Also there were the critics (Sanballot and Tobiah) who mocked and ridiculed Nehemiah and his wall builders. But Nehemiah continued strong building until every single rock was in place. The wall RESTORED the Glory... Gods.
Sometimes we are in a rubble of our own mess. Sometimes it feels impossible for the rubble to be built back up, even hopeless. Sometimes it feels like too much so we sit in the ruin of our disgrace, waiting for someone to pull us out. Worse sometimes before we even begin to build the "sandballots and Tobiahs" take any hope we have formed to move even one stone. Sometimes we forget how AWESOME, MIGHTY, GOOD, POWERFUL our God is. Can He not, will He not, Will we ask Him?
This year is the year of restoration for us. Restoration of old ruins and rubble. Restoration of things we thought were dead. Restoration of our walls.
I love this word, even if I am scared of what the growth will look like. Get your word, people...I promise it helps and encourages.