Tuesday, we had a fierce afternoon thunder storm rip through Virginia Beach. I need to start following the weather, because I had no idea there was even a severe weather alert. It’s amazing to me what kind of havoc a twenty minute storm can wreak–trees down, power outages, school closings–my parents were even evacuated from the movie theater.
In our tiny corner of the world, we didn’t have any real damage to report, except that when we arrived home, our mailbox had been split into two parts. Our shiny, green mailbox with its red little flag lay strewn about the gravel. We did our best to stand it up, so the mailman could attempt to deliver our mail on Wednesday, but it was still only about a foot from the ground.
We drove away Wednesday morning, the mailbox still on the ground, leaning against its original foundation.
When we arrived home, what did we find? Our mailbox standing at full attention and fully repaired. With no explanation and no cost or labor to us, our shattered mailbox had been made whole.
I smiled as I went to inspect the repairs, because I just couldn’t believe it. We left with a broken, malfunctioning mailbox and returned to a restored, fully functioning mailbox. We even had mail inside!
Yes it’s just a mailbox. And Bernie’s not so sure someone didn’t run their car into it and then quickly fix it before we could get to it. It also could have also been our wonderful landlord, but regardless of how it happened, at no expense to us, our mailbox is whole once again.
Isn’t that just like the Lord? Sometimes without cost, effort, or even explanation, our sweet God is quick to come into our hearts and heal and repair our broken and shattered pieces. It’s may not always be as quick as an 8 hour work day, but our God is the ultimate Restorer.
Whatever broken parts you are faced with today, you can count on Him to make them whole. Because you see, our God—THE God—our Savior, and our Healer, He’s in the business of taking our broken selves and making them new once again.
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”