Lent Devotions Day 24: “When Your Life Needs Restoration”

When Your Life Needs Restoration

by Rafael E. Lara, Worship Ministries Coordinator

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” – John 11:4

Erica and I own a house in Pittsburgh, PA. It’s currently being rented. When we bought it in 2008, it had recently been fully remodeled. The previous owner gutted it and restored it from the ground up. It’s a gorgeous home.

Two months ago we found out, however, that the front porch has some lead that is coming to the surface. If you don’t know much about lead, let’s just say its not great to be breathing in if it gets to dust form. Add to this our tenants have a 1.5 year old girl.

How is it possible that such a beautiful house can have this hidden threat inside that, if untreated, can be a carcinogen to anyone with prolonged exposure?

That’s a picture of us at times. There are moments in which God does tremendous restorative works in our lives. We move forward thinking that everything is entirely good and copacetic, but we often fail to realize the deeper, hidden things that still remain.

In our home, the heat from the dryer vent is venting directly under that porch. So, in essence, it was prolonged exposure to heat that exposed the lead. The lead could not hide anymore.

Is the lead in your life revealing itself? Can you begin to notice the once-remodeled life in need of more restoration?

Don’t fear. It’s not that bad. You see, I spoke with an expert, and while lead is bad if untreated, it is harmless if taken care of. I cannot do this on my own because I’m not an expert in this, but I’m willing to ask for help.


what now?

I pray that as the fire of God’s Holy Spirit reveals the hidden stuff inside, that you become open to the work that needs to happen. This is not going to end in death. It is so that HIS name would be glorified.

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