What if something about your life story has held you back; so it seems – or so it really HAS! What’s that saying ? “None is so blind as he who cannot see.” Maybe you grew up in a particular setting that prevented you from knowledge or stunted your growth. Maybe you truly were in the dark about how to get from point A to point B.
Maybe you just showed up late to the ‘party’, everyone had already gone home, and you missed it.
So NOW you ‘get it’; now you’re ready; now all the lights are ON; now you’re equipped with knowledge and growth; now you’re finally healed or set free from all those things that kept you down. And NOW it’s years and years later. and you’re trying to play ‘catch up’. But life has moved on and you are just now arriving.
I’d like to assure you that it’s never too late. Let me repeat that – It is NEVER too late! You’re still breathing? Well, there’s your sign!
Yes, what lies before you will all be different – feel different – look different – sometimes you’ll question if you should bother to keep going; you know, as late as you are!
The answer is, YES.
”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
I have had some circumstances that left me stuck in cycles over and over. I was literally going nowhere but in circles, comparable to being stuck in a hamster wheel. During this time, I had no idea I was even stuck in a cycle, much less knew how to escape it.
At some point people – stop beating yourself up for not knowing what you didn’t know! When you DO finally reach that AHA moment (or it may be more like – Oh Noooo! Decide right there and then NOT to look back and only to look AHEAD! Forward is the only direction to go! “Better late than never” is a TRUE statement!
Let’s face it – that first ‘party’ you missed? The one you showed up late to and all the chicken wing dip was gone – and everyone had gone home? Yeah, it’s over. There is something powerful about facing the truth, not letting it destroy you and making a new plan!
Party time! YOU throw a NEW party yourself! This is the glory of new chances and new beginnings and fresh starts! Do overs! Do betters! MORE chicken wing dip! Nothing feels better than the opportunity to try again!
Restoration means: “The action of returning something to a former owner, rebuild, mend, fix, refurbish, repair, remodel, redecorate, overhaul, makeover.”
Many times in our lives we WILL show up late – it’s just the journey of our own personal experiences and learning curves. It’d be great if we get it all right, dot all our i’s, cross all our t’s, our ducks stay in perfect formation, and we follow all life instructions like we are following a detailed cake recipe. In the real world though? We all need do overs. We all need some ‘home’ renovations. We all need a makeover. We all need some restoration.
“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the caterpillar, and the palmerworm…” (Joel 2:25) I personally appreciate with utter gratitude that it says YEARS. He will restore years!
There is great mystery and wonder as to how God can get us to exactly where He wants us to go; despite detours and delays and ALL the obstacles we have faced; all the cycles we got stuck in. But He CAN and He WILL. So, get up – get dressed – put on your dancing shoes – phone a friend – cue the rejoicing music – and get back to living!
Remember – there’s a great possibility that the NEXT party is better than the first one.