Invite Jesus to Restore
“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.” Isaiah 42:3 (niv)
My wedding ring was bent into a strange oval shape from doing chin-ups as part of an ill-conceived burst of fitness fervor. For months I tried to ignore the chafing and poor fit, telling myself, “It’s not that bad. It’s almost round.” Then for the next few months I kept hoping the ring would ease back to its round shape somehow, as if gold could remember its intended design and compensate for being squashed. The ring didn’t cooperate, and reminded me of the damage each time I washed up for dinner or glanced down at my hand.
Our budget was tight, and I was afraid to bring the ring to a jeweler for repairs we couldn’t afford.
Finally, while wandering a mall on our date night, my husband and I stopped at a jewelry store, timidly asking what would need to be done to fix the ring. After I pried it from my finger, the jeweler slid the gold band onto a tapered post, tapped it gently with a mallet, and handed it back— good as new. No charge.
Months of discomfort and worry could have been avoided if I’d only known how easily the ring could be fixed. It made me realize how often I’ve held back from God with my warped habits, bent intentions and lopsided motives that needed repair. I’m ashamed of the damage I’ve caused and afraid of the cost of restoration. But when I finally face Him, bringing the crookedness of my life, His forgiveness is instant—and already paid for.
I can place my mistakes and failures into His hands and trust His gentleness.
FAITH STEP: Are you feeling bent or bruised in some aspect of your life? Invite Jesus’ gentle hands to bring restoration today.
Written by Sharon Hinck