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From Brokenness to Restoration

“God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.” Exodus 2:25

The book of Exodus is a story of God’s deep love, perfect faithfulness, and mighty deliverance. I grew up hearing the story of the Israelites escaping from Egypt and the ten plagues God sent down to convince Pharaoh to let His people go. But I had never heard before the tone God used when talking of His people and their suffering…

Exodus 2:25 is such a tender verse. One that jumped out at me the other day while reading it. God saw what was happening—the injustice, the cruelty, and the suffering of His people. He understood what was occurring and the why behind it all...and He knew with all His being the heart and cry of His beloved for help.

God knows each of us with the same passion, tenderness, compassion, and love. And just as He rescued the Israelites from the oppression of Pharaoh, He rescues us from sin—from our spiritual brokenness and our emotional and mental captivity.

God sees us—and God knows.

How beautiful is that? For me it is deeply comforting. It’s healing.

The world is wrought with so much pain right now. And for many of you, the pain may not be external but internal. All of us carry wounds, but for some of us those wounds feel too deep, too invasive, and too horrible to allow for exposure. Allow me to speak these words over you and your wounds, your battles—your quiet struggles that leave you feeling desperate…

God sees you—and God knows.

I delight in the fall season. It is such a strangely beautiful time when all of nature turns brilliant and quietly fills with color and food; the season’s wardrobe appears so full, beautiful, and bountiful.

And then it is stripped. One leaf after another. The wind comes and takes the color with it. The crops are harvested, the ground is laid bare. The tree branches blink up at the sun—suddenly naked. The earth becomes barren. And in that stark state of being, she welcomes winter.

I should learn to welcome winter with such trust as earth and animals. To enter adversity with a mindset of victory, trusting and knowing that God will provide and deliver—that He will restore.

We clothe our hearts in barriers, our skin in fabrics, our thoughts in well-practiced expressions. Our wounds we lace with greatest care within a web wound tight. And yet...

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

You discern my thoughts from afar.

You search out my path and my lying down

And are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue,

Behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

You hem me in, behind and before,

And lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

It is high; I cannot attain it.” Psalm 139:1-6

My God knows me with greater intimacy than I even know myself. And the fall season knows that even though its inner life will lie without external covering...and winter will come with all its fury...Spring will arrive. God will grow life from death, will restore what was broken, and will bring joy from sorrow.

You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.” Psalm 71:20

Let’s draw near to our Savior this fall season...welcome His presence, and rest in His knowledge of our hearts, wounds, and cries. Like the trees and creatures, we can trust that God sees, He knows, and He will provide for and deliver us. He is always faithful to do so.

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