I've been ruined.
There, I said it. By the grace of Jesus I am realizing more and more how I'm being restored. I am being reclaimed. Redeemed. Learning how much of me is still cracked, but realizing that I'm not as responsible for fixing myself as i once thought.
I am being fixed by Another.
Lately, it seems he's everywhere. And his hands are in everything… often unnoticed. When you begin to see Jesus revealed everywhere…it seems like He's everywhere. Case-in-point: Pearl Jam's newest project, Backspacer.
In 1991, Ten forever changed the way I listened to music and my expectations of it. Vs and Vitalolgy dug the trench even deeper. Then Binaural and Lost Dogs crashed into my life and caused me to rethink again. Green Habit may have been a celebration of all-things PJ, but Backspacer is full of gems. At the top of the playlist today is The Fixer because, via their post-punk groove, Pearl Jam have pointed me towards the One who is redeeming of creation, oftentimes unnoticed.
When somethings dark
Lemme shed a little light on it
When somethings cold
Lemme put a little fire on it
If somethings old
I wanna put a bit of shine on it
When somethings gone
I wanna fight to get it back again.
When somethings broke
I wanna put a little fixing on it
If somethings bored
I wanna put a little exciting on it
When somethings low
I wanna put a little high on it
When somethings lost
I wanna fight to get it back again
Fight to get it back again.
Christ continues to be The Fixer. We were created in his image. We fell. He has fought to get us back again. The entirety of the gospel screams redemption. Restoration. And liberation.
What is your first memory of 'restoration'? What was your first experience of 'grace'? Your first realization that Someone was actively ('grace'fully) fixing you?
I'd love to hear the story…