Do you ever have those times when you start to hear the same verse or the same theme talked about over and over during a few days or even weeks? That happens to me often.
Most recently, I heard a speaker who wrote a book on the following verse from Joel, "I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten . . . ." (2:25) I can't say I've ever heard that verse discussed, and I don't recall ever reading or studying it on my own. And yet, within the span of a few days, I heard that verse several times from several different places and couldn't help but notice.
Maybe it's because I'm about to turn 35 and am finding that particular number is hard to say out loud. Maybe deep down I want to be restored to the days of college youth when my family was only 32 miles away and my friends were in the room next door, down the hall, or in an apartment just across the parking lot. Life sure seemed lighter back then.
But I don't want to take this important verse and bend it to fit my desires. Instead, I remain watchful, looking to see what God will restore possibly in or around me.