I came across a bible verse today from Isaiah 58:12 that I think encapsulates the purpose or goal of “The Connecting Space”:
“Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”
The word ‘restorer’ is the Hebrew word ‘shub’, which is used over 1000 times in the Hebrew scriptures, all having to do with movement back, do-over, re-establish, turn around. The ultimate restorer of course is Jesus (Hebrew name Yeshua). Those who follow in His path, must also be restorers. What He calls us to do, He also authorizes us to do, and equips us for. Remember that.
Bible scholar Skip Moen explains the power behind ‘shub’ this way: “God’s heart is bent on recovering what was lost. It is fixed on repairing what is broken. It is committed to restoring what was once there. That’s why we call it salvation, not indoctrination. We are saved from something. We are brought back from death to life. The purpose of God is to redeem you from destruction, to restore you to His loving care and favor.”
What an amazing task we are given as parents of children from hard places, whether those hard places are results from the life they had before coming to our families through adoption or fostering, or whether they are our natural born children who are struggling in some area for whatever reason. YOU are how God chooses to show Himself to your children – you are the vessel of restoration to your children – you are called, authorized and equipped to repair the connections your children most need, and ultimately to bridge that gap between them and God. Yes, it is a big task, but it is what He empowers you and I to do. Read all of Isaiah 12 today and see what it takes for you to be in a position to shub for your children. I welcome your thoughts and comments!