Restoration

DSC_0892 yellow tulip

I planted tulips the year we moved into this house 26 years ago. Then the deer moved into our neighbourhood. Deer like tulips -for breakfast. They devour them like Lindt chocolates (and seem to prefer the red ones). After a while no tulips sprang up when the spring sun warmed the garden and I didn’t plant anymore. Occasionally tulip leaves emerged, but either they formed no flowers or the deer nipped them in the bud and they shrank back into the ground quickly. I forgot all about them.

This year three brave tulips are blooming under my window, returning after all these years.

Some people are like that. The period of “the dark night of the soul” may last a long time. The “devourer” has kept them from raising their heads and freely being who they are created to be. The years of darkness, when no growth can be seen, can last a very long time. Mine did. There were people who lost hope for me as depression and negativity kept me in a shallow grave year after year.

Mine did. There were people who lost hope for me as depression and negativity kept me in a shallow grave year after year.

There were people who lost hope for me as depression and negativity kept me in a shallow grave year after year.

But God…

God is in the restoration business. Time is not as important as process to him. He knows who we really are, and he is not disappointed.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1-5)

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12 thoughts on “Restoration

  1. Absolutely beautiful … the photo … the message … your testimony … how all powerful are those words “But God”! … thank you Charis … has touched my heart … going to print out and keep xxx

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  2. Beautiful pic, & amen to your thoughts. Can we skip the dark night of the soul & know Him? Probably not as deeply. His discipline isn’t pleasant at the time but it yields a harvest of righteousness & peace (Heb. 12). God bless.

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    1. That I might know him…. and the fellowship of his sufferings.
      Can we skip the dark night of the soul and know him, deeply? Perhaps if we are never distracted. But that has not been me. Is it you? It’s interesting that even Enoch was not described as a man who walked with God until after he fathered a son. I wonder what his early years were like?

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      1. No, I’ve had to go the dark night of the soul route too πŸ™‚ I don’t think there’s any other way. “…we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him” (Rom. 8:17). Grace & peace to you!

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  3. So very true! I have seen God be faithful like that, gratefully. Oh, and by the way, we have deer here, too, and this year I learned that if you put deodorant soap around your flowers, they stay away! I wrap pieces of soap in tulle, and use floral wire to hang the little sacks above the plant! My neighbor simply sticks the soap on a dowel. Every 3-4 feet suffices. To make it prettier, I found some garden wire stakes with bird and butterfly shapes, and fixed soap to them and nestled them in my flowers. So far, so good!

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    1. Wow. Thanks, Joan. I’ll try that. We’ve tried just about everything else. I’ve been told that cougar urine is very effective. It’s just a little hard to find in the shops. Now there’s a job for an adventurous entrepreneur.

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