This week I have been busy helping my daughter plan a surprise birthday party for my soon-to-be 81 year old mom. For some reason it has given me much time of reflection.
As I walked through my house this morning, I was thinking about the other birthday celebrations we have had for Mom over the years. I realized something. Every single birthday has been celebrated with family and only family. I pondered on this realizing, Mom had dedicated her entire life to her four girls and then grandkids and great grandkids. Never taking time to live a life apart from us. Somehow, through life, she has managed to be close friends with all her daughters and even her grandkids. My mom, you see, has been divorced for most of my life, about fifty years. She married a few years ago and has been living and enjoying life in a brand new way.
Every week, her and her husband, go to a senior citizens dance and eat, dance and meet new friends. Every Sunday they sit in church together. It has been something glorious to watch.
Upon contemplating this I saw the restoration God has done in my mom’s life. She is actually living the Word of God.
And though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would greatly increase. (Job 8:7)
So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; (Joel 2:25-26)
God promises a restoring. He says our latter years can be greater than our former years. I don’t know about you but I am thankful for those promises.
There have been some things in my life that have been stolen, consumed, and chewed away. However, I stand firm on the promise that I serve a restoring, renewing God whose Word will never fail to come to pass in my life – no matter how long it takes.
I am reminded of something Kenneth Hagin once said. “If you are willing to stand forever on the promises of God, it won’t take long.” I love that! We have to make up our mind that the promises of God are true. That the Word of God is the final word on our situation. When we do that, nothing can stop His promises from coming to pass in our life.
One of my favorite scriptures is found in Psalm 27:13.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the
goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
This scripture is a staple in my life. I tell myself often, “I will not lose heart, heart be encouraged, we shall see the goodness of our Lord in the land of the living – in my life here on earth.” Those words have kept me time and again.
Now, as I am watching my mom live life at eighty years young, I see restoration. I see God’s goodness in her life. I see the Word of God come to life right before my eyes. What an amazing God we serve.
This year, on mom’s birthday, it will be a little different. Yes, family will be there. In addition, all her new friends who celebrate life with her every single week will also be there. Realizing it is the first year of her adult life that she is celebrating with family AND friends, has brought me great joy. I can’t wait to see her reaction! We even hired a band so they can dance the night away. I have a feeling this will be a memory that will stay with me for years to come – especially now that I realize, I am watching the Word of God lived out before my eyes. The Word of a Restoring God.