Lee Bontrager is an Amish man with a unique skill. He is a master at restoring old or broken furniture. My wife and I possessed an antique oak rocking chair that was given to us by one of our former churches. It was used to rock the babies to sleep in the church nursery. The chair had a broken board, loose joints, and the finish was marred by many years of use and abuse. Lee took our treasure home and begin to work his magic. A couple of weeks later our rocker came out of Lee’s workshop fully restored. He restored our chair to a renewed beauty and usefulness.
Lee is a master at restoring old and broken furniture. However Jesus is the master of restoring broken lives. Our Lord can take a life that has been broken and scarred by sin and run him through His workshop of love and grace. He sees the value in us when everyone else considers us worthless. The restoration process starts when He saves us from sin but it doesn’t stop there. The Lord tells us in that beautiful verse in Psalm 23:3: “He restores my soul, He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake”. When we drift away from Him like a wandering sheep, He goes after us. He calls us by name to return from our wandering and brings us back. When we constantly disobey Him we may even experience the restoration of discipline.
Jesus always has us in his workshop for one thing or another. He may be sanding off some rough edges, gluing a broken character, tightening some loose screws, or applying a new coat of Christlikeness to our lives. He is actively restoring our soul. No matter how strong we may feel, our Lord is not finished with us yet. He is constantly working in our lives to create a renewed beauty and usefulness. When we get to heaven we will be fully restored and reflect the glory of our wonderful Master.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation