And One Cent More…

Barely a minute into cleaning his room, little man pauses to count the money in his piggy bank. No doubt, a delay tactic.

“Mommy, how much monies do you have?”, he asks. To which I jokingly answer, “None”.

“What happened to all your money?!”, he questions.

“I used it. I’ll get more from working this week.”

*** two minute pause for 7-year old calculations ***

“Here, mom. I’ll give you a boost until you work.”

(First of all, where did he hear this?!… laughing to myself). He innocently hands me exactly $5.01. I know this five dollar bill. It’s a sparkly one. It’s the money I (I mean, the tooth fairy) put in a glitter-filled ziplock bag several nights ago, after he’d unexpectedly lost his front tooth.

Oh my.

I quickly realized there was something my heart was supposed to hear in this.

I had lost hope, and forgotten that my God was the God of restoration. And even one cent more.

In the book of Joel, the prophet describes the condition of sin, complacency, and self-centeredness that had overtaken God’s people. He urges them to turn and repent. To drop their pride and seek forgiveness. He warns them of God’s impending judgment.
But, he says, “Even now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart… Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate.” (Joel 2:12-13).

We may we suffer loss and heartache as a direct result of our own sin. And at other times, it may simply be as a result of those before us living in a fallen world that God never wanted for us. Whether that’s the loss of our hope, our peace, our joy, our purpose, of no matter what. His promise to restore us is sure and everlasting. “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust have eaten…” (Joel 2:25, ESV) “I will give you back what was lost…” (NLT).

All that he requires is that we turn back and remember who it is that we serve. That we again surrender our hearts to him. He will give us back what we thought we lost, and more. He’s our provider, our comfort, & our redeemer. And when we can’t quite find our way, he’ll give us a boost. 🚀💙

What have you lost that you are wanting God to restore today?