If you've seen the promo for From The Heart, you've probably heard Oliver specifically say in it, "I want to restore what was lost." This isn't surprising, given the fact he's been at the center of several key acts of restoration, all of which have to do with Shane. It seems God used Oliver to deliver restoration through the tangible gifts Shane receives, or has restored to her, throughout the series. Similarly, we are given a tangible look at how God likes to work in our lives, even when we least expect it.
"The Lord says, "I will give you back what you lost...." Joel 2:25 (NLT)
This scripture refers to a terrible locust plague devastating Israel and its crops. But Joel uses the opportunity to remind the people of Israel that there wasn't a moment of it that they weren't dealing with God.
I think the same can be said of Shane and her necklace. She associates the necklace with the happy family later torn apart by her father's departure at Christmastime. In a lot of ways, it's a tangible representation of the hurt that she carries around with her at all times.
But the restoration didn't end there.
The Porch Swing & The House
Remember that the first thing Oliver asks of the swing in From Paris With Love is if it's as good as the one Shane had in childhood. Her response? "It's better."
A similar conversation transpired on the grounds of her childhood home. She tells Oliver it was a pretty small house, to which he gleefully replies, "Oh, well---just make it bigger."
When God restores things back to His kids--- whatever they may be---He is in the habit of doing so in excess. Moreover, He gets an immense amount of pleasure in doing so.
Admit it---you've started looking back to see where God might have worked to restore something back to you, haven't you? I know I certainly have. Funny how things work together for Greater...
Looking To Restore, Too,