The word Restoration means the return of something to a former, original, normal or unimpaired condition. It is the restitution of something taken away or lost. Are you seeing the same same alluring picture I did?
Jesus Restores our lives. He paid the price demanded, seeing in us a delightful finished creation. When others are skeptical of our worth He lovingly labors over our lives. Pouring into us all of His creativity, He returns us to our original unimpaired condition - a sinless being bringing great pleasure to our Maker. He is our Restitution. He gives back to us the life He first breathed into us.
Restoration. It's an ever flowing story of His love. He healed Job and restored him to an even greater place than before. He restored Israel her land in Joel chapter 2. In the New Testament He makes the blind man see, the lame walk and raises the dead. Finally He promises to one day return and complete the Restoration. Just check out Revelation chapter 21 & 22!
While contemplating this idea of Restoration, I came across a detail in the picture that peaked my interest. In every example I found that restoration went hand in hand with repentance. Job repented and God Restored him. Israel repented and God Restored her land. Whenever Jesus healed someone, they were always forgiven first and foremost. Repentance signals a willingness, a desire to change. No, my chairs did not come to life and seek Restoration, but they were able to be fixed - willing. Are you? Am I willing to repent and allow the Savior's hands piece my life together, sand away my rough edges, and recreated in me a loveliness that brings Him joy?
By the way, the other chair that didn't need as much work - it's still a center piece in my home. Still has amazing worth and brings me just as much joy as the other two chairs do. What ever our state, be it completely broken or just a little tattered, Christ desires us all.
Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted
out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of
the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ
who was preached to you before,
whom heaven must receive until the times of Restoration
of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His
holy prophets since the world began.