GOD WILL RESTORE WHAT’S MISSING IN YOUR LIFE
Not a day goes by when I don’t run across some story in the news about people finding long-lost rings, wallets, pets, and other cherished items. These stories always remind me of God’s power to restore to us all that this life takes away – no matter how convinced we are that we’ll never see them again.
Well, today another such story appeared in the news. A Chelsea, Quebec man, who was preparing to move, was cleaning his house of old and useless items. The man, 37-year-old Jeff Meldrum, came across the left foot of an expensive pair of Reebok Hockey skates. He had been holding onto it in hope of finding its lost right skate.
Jeff had lost it six years earlier. While at the rink with his five-year-old son, Owen, He had to dash away to the emergency room. Little Owen cut his chin on the ice and in the rush, Jeff left the right skate at the rink. He returned to the rink, but the missing skate had disappeared. He didn’t want to throw away the left skate because the pair was brand new.
But now, with the move upon him, he finally decided to get rid of the left skate along with other useless items. But as he and his son, now eleven, pulled out of the driveway on their way to the dump something caught his eye. Jeff noticed that someone had hung a skate by its laces over a sign. It looked like the skate he was about to throw away. He commented to his son, “Maybe we should turn around. It might be my missing skate.”
Though he was initially joking, his curiosity made him turn around and get a closer look. And – upon inspection – it was the very skate he had lost six years earlier. Jeff found out that a woman had discovered the skate and put ads in the local papers in an effort to find its rightful owner. She also posted this information on Facebook. But after months of inquiry, no one responded. She forgot about the skate until recently, when she hung it over a sign near her house. And within a day Jeff found it.
This story spoke to me. It made me think about the many young people I know who can’t seem to find their perfect match in life. It’s certainly true that God makes things that match. He gives us right and left hands, feet, and eyes. Back in the beginning, God purposely made a match for Adam. In the Scripture God said, “I will make him a helper suitable for him” (literally, “according to his opposite,” Genesis 2:18). Therefore, it’s reasonable to believe that God has a matching person for each of us. This was the case for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
But this does not mean that God’s match for us will be the person of our dreams or the person who will fulfill all our desires. The person God has for us will be essential for our personal growth and completion. Therefore, God’s match for us may actually challenge and stretch us, along with bringing joy to our lives. When God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18) He may have meant “It’s not good for the man to be independent, needing no one.” So, he took one of Adam’s “sides” (clearly not “a rib”) and from it fashioned his mate. After this “operation,” Adam was not the same. He was less than what he was before. From then on Adam could not fully function without the person God had made for him – Eve. Neither could she fully function without her mate – Adam.
Therefore, God built an interdependency within the marriage relationship. Thus, it’s foolish and quite childish for any man to claim, “I don’t need any woman” or for a woman to claim, “I don’t need any man.” Unless God has called a person to singleness or given them the gift of celibacy, people are going to need the companionship, love, and intimacy of the opposite sex.
Now, honestly, there are some people who are simply too immature for the role of a spouse or of a parent. They need to first grow up and overcome their selfish ways and unrealistic expectations. Until then, they probably have no business getting married.
But for those men and women who are actively seeking God’s rule over their lives, yet feel incomplete and lonely, today’s story has a message. Don’t despair. Sometimes the greatest of God’s gifts will come to us when we least expect it. Joseph was about to resign himself to life as a prisoner when God exalted him to rule over Egypt and restored his father and brothers to him (Genesis 40-50). God gave His greatest gift to us – Jesus Christ – when we expected nothing but judgment and damnation (Romans 5:6-8). In fact, God will send His Son once more to consummate our salvation. And He will come at an hour we do not expect Him (Matthew 24:42).
Remember Jeff Muldrum? He was about to throw out his old skate when he finally found its match. And, perhaps, when you have finally decided to throw away your selfish dreams and resign yourself to God’s will – God will bring His match for you.
PRAYER: Dear Father in Heaven, please help all those young people who believe in Jesus but who still struggle finding their mate in life. Please draw them into a closer walk with You. Please purify their hearts and their motives and prepare them for a life of devotion to You and to the spouse and children You will bring into their lives. Amen.