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Restoration of God’s Masterpiece

Just recently, while driving home from a grocery run, I noticed a set of worn-out counter stools on the sidewalk—no longer in use by their owners and free for anyone to take. Many people passed by without showing any interest, but I could see their potential. Hurrying home, I asked my husband for help in picking them up. I believed these chairs still had quality that I could restore to good condition and enhance with a more aesthetically pleasing color.

To achieve that, I needed to sand them down to the wood grain for a natural finish. The chairs were covered in old yellow paint, which had to be entirely removed, including all the small edges and crevices. Once all the wood was exposed, I could apply a fresh coat to protect, renew, and give them purpose again.

Reflecting on my personal journey, God did just that for me. He helped me sand down the old paint to reveal the true quality of what He created. For years, I did not recognize my identity as God’s child, even though I was baptized Catholic. I had a layer that masked me from who I really was because I just wanted to belong, be accepted, and fit in with those around me. I constantly felt the need to perform and please others just to have a sense of worth.

Continuing to follow what the world called a successful life—attending college, graduating with a reputable degree, finding a well-paying job, getting married, traveling, and then having kids—I accomplished everything except anticipating how challenging it would be for my husband and me to have children. The wait became emotionally draining, and years passed. Since I had never been aware of my true identity, I started believing the lies that I was worthless and lacked purpose. I defined myself based on societal expectations rather than God’s truth.

With the help of holy individuals declaring truth over me, teaching me, praying for me, and recognizing who I truly am in God, they helped me realize my full worth. Through their Christ-like response, they embodied the wisdom of St. John Paul II: “You are not who they say you are. Let me remind you of who you really are.”

By persistently proclaiming these truths into my being and renewing my interior life daily through prayer and the sacraments, I allowed God to replace all the lies I had believed and restore truth. It became clear to me that the entire time I was searching on the outside to find myself, not realizing that I already had value within me.

This is when I began my identity work, reclaiming the truth of who God is and who I am in Him. When I finally recognized that I am the daughter of a King, incredibly gifted, and with a divine inheritance in heaven, my natural and authentic being began to shine through. Turning to God instead of conforming to the world’s expectations, I broke through limiting beliefs and saw that I was made for more. But that was just the beginning; I was required to do my own continuous interior work, learning to allow God to love me and see me in my woundedness, shifting my mindset to the mind of Christ (Romans 12:2), believing in the abundance of God the Father who gives what is good to His children (Matthew 7:11).

After establishing my true identity, learning how God uniquely designed me helped me see that I was more than just a “state of life.” I had a personal calling by God to do a particular mission for the building of His Kingdom. I still have purpose even in the waiting.

As we journey through life in this world, we may get stained by sin, scratched, dented, or even broken by others, and weathered over time. That’s why we need God.

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The term “restore” comes from the Latin root restaurare, meaning “repair, rebuild, or renew.” The dictionary definition of restoration is “the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition.” Real restoration is returning to our truest form as intended by God. As we journey through life in this world, we may get stained by sin, scratched, dented, or even broken by others, and weathered over time. That’s why we need God. He is the only one who can heal and repair us where we’ve been damaged, weld broken pieces together, and bring us into something new again. “He who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new”’ (Rev 21:5). He will restore, strengthen us, and make us whole again.

The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ [Jesus] will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little.”

1 Peter 5:10

The beautiful message of God is that, even though we may be shattered and broken, He desires to lift us up and be the glue that holds us together. “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” 

Colossians 1:17

Similar to the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, God brings us to wholeness and becomes a part of our restoration story. He is calling us to partner with Him so that He can make something even more beautiful in us. While we still have a lot of work to do, that is why it is called a journey—a lifelong and continuous renewal of God’s masterpiece. As long as we have life, He has a purpose for us. I pray for the grace to give Him our entire being daily, whether broken or whole, and allow Him to do what He does best: make all things new.


Roxsan de Vera is a wife, a Catholic Life Coach, and the owner of Meek and Humble. She is a graduate of the Encounter School of Ministries and has received training from the Professional Christian Coaching Institute and the Human Formation Coalition. Roxsan loves expressing her creativity, whether through writing, crafting, digital art, enjoying nature, or organizing. Her personal vocation is to share her walk with Christ and draw out God’s truth, beauty, and goodness in others, helping them become who they are meant to be.

Connect with me on IG via @meekandhumblecatholic or website meekandhumble.com

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