My dad is a "fixer." When something is broken, he takes it apart, figures out how it is supposed to work, and puts it back together. Toys, hairdryers, washing machines . . . whatever is broken, he fixes it.
It's great to have a dad who is a "fixer." But even if your earthly father didn't happen to be quite as handy as mine, I have good news for you.
Our God is a "fixer." When something is broken, He doesn't have to take it apart to figure it out. He already knows how it is supposed to work, and he gets right to work putting it back together. Relationships, communities, chaotic situations . . . whatever is broken, he fixes it.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
God is always at work, redeeming and restoring the messes of our world. The messes we've made for ourselves and the messes that we don't have any control over.
Granted, things don't always turn out the way we expected or hoped they would. And sometimes restoration takes much longer than we'd like it to. (We humans don't have a great reputation for patience.) But we still choose to believe that our Father is always working behind the scenes, bringing beauty from the ashes. This is the "Great Reversal" that Jonathan spoke about in his message Sunday.
"To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair." Isaiah 61:3a
So, I challenge you to open up your eyes to the blessings around you during these unusual and uncertain times. Where is God working to redeem and restore? Where have you seen light in the middle of the darkness?
Please comment below with encouraging stories, experiences, etc. that have happened in recent days. And come back to this blog to add more blessings as you continue to experience them. I want this to be a place where we can gather up our stories of blessing to encourage each other, and to express gratitude to the Giver of all good things.
Let's bring an offering of praise to our Father, the greatest "fixer" of all!