I love the HGTV series HomeTown. Besides being a fellow Mississippi girl, I love watching Ben and Erin and seeing their heart for bringing new life into Laurel, MS. It is so fun to see their vision for the houses and watch them go from “demo day” to “reveal day”. Their gift of seeing what could be instead of what is in a house is almost surreal. And even when they encounter problems, there is nothing that is too far beyond restoration.
Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known passages of scripture. It’s often used for comfort in times of trouble, but my favorite verse of the chapter is verse 2, “He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul.” Rest is something that we all desperately long for. And given the current situation of our nation and our world, it is also something that we desperately need. The original language is beautiful. It says that He leads me beside the “waters of rest.” He takes us there and makes us lie down in the pasture. In His arms we are comforted, given everything we need and then we are told to rest. I’ve been studying the book of Psalms over the past few months and it is so interesting to me how many times David says he lies down and sleeps. Why is that important? Because he feels safe and secure in the arms of the Savior. Have you ever tried to sleep when things just aren’t settled? Maybe your spouse is away or a loved one is in the hospital? With the absence of peace comes the absence of rest. But with God there protecting us, guarding us and keeping watch for us, we can have that peace….and thus we can rest.
But not only does He tell us to rest, He says that He restores our soul. To restore something means to return something to its former condition, to renovate or (are you ready?!) to give something back to its original owner. When we rest in the Lord we are restored. What is broken is fixed. What is unnecessary is taken away and replaced with something better. When Ben and Erin get into those houses, they don’t just slap a new coat of paint over the paneling or peel up the carpet and clean the floor, they examine it. They fix what is broken. They do away with the old stuff to make way for the new. They make it stronger, safer and more secure for the new owner. Guys, Jesus wants to do the same thing for us! He wants us to find contentment in Him. He wants us to find rest in Him. And in turn, He says He will restore us. He will fix the broken places in our lives. He will prune the old habits to make way for newer, healthier ones. He will solidify the foundation we are standing on so that we are stronger, more equipped to handle what we are about to face. He will incline our hearts back to Him.
Is that what you need right now? I know I do, and I know our world desperately does. Maybe, just maybe, all this chaos was meant to make us rest. Maybe it was meant to make life as we know it stop so that we could turn back to the Lord. Maybe it was meant to restore our souls to the One who desires us fully. Let Him restore you, friends. I can promise you that you won’t regret it.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for me at 8pm on Monday night, you know where to find me 😉 I’ll be watching Ben and Erin restore those houses. And praying God will restore our hearts ❤
I created this page for the Creative Retreat April 2020 Kit: My Shepherd. I am so excited to be joining their Design Team this month! If you are interested in joining us for this study, you can grab that kit here.
I started by using Sweet N Sassy’s Texture Tiles 1 with Picked Raspberry distress oxide in the top portion of the margin. I then used the stickers from the “My Shepherd” kit as well as the alphas from the March 2020 “Count it all Joy” kit to layer and build the phrase, Lead me beside still waters and restore my soul. I finished the page with a tab, date stamp and prayer.