A faint glint of something blue caught my eye as I backed out of my driveway. Someone had put something in my mailbox and left it cracked open just a smidgen. My curiosity was piqued. Junk mail certainly does not sparkle.
Joy erupted in my heart when I discovered what the mystery glimmer was. Someone had put an earring I had lost inside my mailbox. And not just any earring. It was one of my favorites- delicate, dangly blue ones handmade by a dear friend. I had been heartbroken the day I lost one of them.
I smiled and thanked the Lord for returning it to me, for caring about even the smallest of details in my life. I cannot begin to recount all of the times He has returned lost things to me or helped me find items I have misplaced. Earrings. Bracelets. Important documents.
My thoughts soon drifted off to think of far weightier things the Lord has restored to me. I walked away from the Lord when I was in the 7th grade. When I finally surrendered my life back over to Him in my twenties, I was a broken mess. I had lost my hope, my peace, my joy, my self-worth, my dignity.
Over the past 14 years, He has lovingly restored to me those very things. He has given me hope. He has filled my heart with peace and my life with joy. He continues to help me see my worth in Him. And He has given me back my dignity.
Oh, how tender that last one is to me -the returning of dignity lost. For so many years, I felt such shame for how I had not waited until marriage to give myself away. For how sexual sin was not just a one time thing, but a pattern I fell into during my youth. How precious Isaiah 61:10 has become to this one who uncovered herself, quite literally, all in the name of desiring to be loved.
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the
garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe
As a bridegroom decks himself
And as a bride adorns herself
With her jewels.”
(Isaiah 61:10 NKJV)
He has clothed me. He has covered me. He does not call me what the enemy labeled me so long ago…a harlot. He has called me His bride, and He has covered me with a robe of righteousness. He has given me back my dignity. That and so much more.
How about you? What has He returned to you? I would love to hear about it today, whether it is something as simple as a lost earring or something like lost hope restored. Oh, and a quick side-note…while I cannot recommend checking your mailbox daily for lost things to be returned, I highly recommend checking your Bible. There’s always something to be found there!