“That the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you.
If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you.
Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.” Deuteronomy 30:3-13.
I have learned throughout the years that God has an amazing way of dealing with us in our brokenness and in our sin. As humans, I think we are quick to finalize things as being what they are forever and ever. For instance when we see a criminal, our first assumption is that he or she will always be a criminal. This is a very loose example, but I think you get the point. We inherently have very little grace-filled and redemptive responses to certain sins, crimes, and other negative behavior. Don’t get me wrong there is a definite need for discipline and correction, but there must be a balance.
There have been times in my life an in others that I have seen God redeem or bring back something that was thought to be lost. When I was younger, I had eczema and epilepsy, two ailments that kept me inside and by myself for long periods of time. My self-esteem would fluctuate and I never thought anyone would like me. People would tell me I was beautiful, but I did not believe them because I had “finalized” myself and my future. I was always going to be “ugly” and I was always going to be alone with no one to like me.
Then God stepped in, and He changed everything. I have the privilege of being married to a wonderful husband who swears that I am THE most beautiful women he’s ever seen in his entire life, and that I am the one he prayed for. How can this be? I thought this would never happen, how could I have gone through this awful time in my life and have things turned around so quickly? In my brokenness God gathered my heart back together, and showed me His plan for my life, which far outweighed mine.
God is good. His mercies are new every morning, and He is the redeemer of what we thought was lost. He breaks the boundaries of second chances and creates third, forth, and fifth chances. He cares about our coming and going, and He loves to bless His children. If I can offer you any encouragement as you read this it would be to know that our redeemer lives, and he’s not finished with us yet.