[#pictureLent] March 3: RESTORE

By Raquel C. Feagins
La Trinidad UMC, Associate Pastor
San Antonio, TX

First, read Psalm 51:10-14

When I first got married, I did not have a desk to use at home.  My husband was looking around for a good desk for me, and one day we decided to go into a second-hand furniture store.  I couldn’t find anything I liked, but my husband noticed an antique desk hiding underneath other furniture.  He was very excited about finding the desk because he knew its value, even though I didn’t think it looked that great.

Over a couple of weeks, my husband restored and varnished the desk, and I was amazed at how truly beautiful and unique it was.  Soon enough, the desk became cluttered with books, materials from work, and personal items.  Until finally I had to declutter it and be intentional about keeping things organized. Keeping the desk decluttered is a constant challenge for me.  But it is something that I need to do in order to have a usable work space. 

Like the desk, we have been saved and restored by God.  God has restored us and will sustain us as we move forward in the Christian life.  We are God’s handiwork and created for a purpose.  And God wants us to live according to that purpose.  With God’s help, we are able to declutter our lives of sin or anything else that might be holding us back from being the people that God wants us to be.   

Prayer: Our gracious God, help me to declutter my life of things that prevent me from being your handiwork.  Restore me, sustain me, and use me for your purposes. Amen.

Discussion/Reflection Questions: 

1. Have you ever felt abandoned or forgotten?  How did God restore you in that situation? 
2. Are there things that might be cluttering your life and crowding out God?  
3. What are some ways to sustain your relationship with God?