re·store (r-stôr, -str)
tr.v. re·stored, re·stor·ing, re·stores
1. To bring back into existence or use; reestablish: restore law and order.
2. To bring back to an original condition: restore a building. See Synonyms at revive.
3. To put (someone) back in a former position: restore the emperor to the throne.
4. To make restitution of; give back: restore the stolen funds.
We celebrate restoration. We love to be restored. But before you get too excited, remember, that to be restored you first have to lose your place! Losing your place, your files, your possessions, health, etc. can be painful and scary. While you are in the place of “lost” you are never sure if you will be fully restored. It’s only after you are restored that you know that you are safe again. No matter how many reassurances you have it is still an anxious moment.
Are you at a point of loss? Worry? Dread? Hopelessness? Or are you at the point of hope? Faith? Belief? Or are you at the point of restoration? Has your loss given you life? While your eyes were bandaged did you get to “hear” life around you for the first time?
Psalm 80:3 Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.