“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten…” (Joel 2: 25)
God’s promise is restoration, a return to innocence, peace, fullness, joy. All that would seem to disappear with mortal life, with the years and the tears and the fears, is given back to us by the Truth that is Love and that is Life eternal. God does not allow us to be anything less than His ideal. He refreshes us with His qualities and with the tenderness of His merciful Love.
The locusts of material experience might seem to eat away at our confidence, our faith, our peace. They may seem to ravage our bodies and our relationships, leaving us shredded and small and lifeless. But God does not allow this barrenness to remain. He nourishes us and causes the ravaged field of our lives to bring in a new and better crop, full of goodness and with it the grace of our gratitude.
Nothing good can be lost. We have no need to ceaselessly mourn what yesterday failed to give us or seemed to take away from us. God is here. Good is here. The Truth is here. The fullness of Love is here. We are restored in each moment that we claim this magnificent now, this perfect oneness with the Life that makes all things new, fresh, full of promise, and ready for praise.
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