Recently while attending a local parade, my attention was drawn to the classic cars that had been restored by car club members. I paid attention to the reaction from the crowd--many of whom were able to recognize the make, model, and year of the various cars.
These cars are attention grabbers those who attend the parades, but they are very significant to those who recall cars from that era. The the devotion and time that the owners invest in bringing the cars back to their original condition is evident, especially for those who pay attention to details.
Anyone who decides to become a restorer of cars must:
search for the car he wants
have a love for the car he is going to work on
enjoy the process
inspect the car for damage and be willing to make significant investments
know the worth of the car he invests in
proudly showcase the finished work
These steps are not limited to restoring a vintage car, but those are the same traits that are evident as God brings restoration to His creation.
Psalm 139:1 declares that the Lord has searched us and known us. He understands our most intricate details and loves us anyway.
Jeremiah 31:3 explains how God loves us with an everlasting love
Lamentations 3:22 reminds us of the Father's love and compassion toward us - which prevents our destruction
Matthew 13:45-46 is a parable that shows just how valuable we are to the Father, we are viewed as a "pearl of great price"
Ephesians 2:10 defines us as the handiwork of Christ
Be reminded today that we have a place in the greatest love story ever told. Our Father loves us so much that He sent His only Son to offer salvation to a dying world. His love for us is so real that He is able to meet us at our greatest point of need, despair, brokenness, or disappointment and restore us to the place that He designed for us before we even knew Him.