In Joel 2:25, our Lord promises that He will restore the years that the locust has eaten. This Scripture verse has meant a great deal to me over the years, especially since the locust – whom we all recognize as Satan – has eaten much of the good in my life, particularly during my childhood. Perhaps the same has happened to you. If so, be comforted and rejoice in God’s promise to you.
You see, God is the God of the Now. There is no time with Him, for He is eternal. Therefore, what happened to us in our childhood is always present to Him. This is good news because it means that God can enter our world of time, take us back to the moment of trauma, and show us that He was there all the time. This process is called inner healing and has been a catalyst in restoring thousands upon thousands of Christians to emotional wholeness.
We do not have to spend our lives being tormented or in bondage to bad experiences of the past. Our Lord wants to restore those years to us, and He does so by crossing the threshold from eternity into time and meeting us at the moment in time where we had the bad experience. Then He shows us that He was there with us to bring good out of that bad experience. After all, He is the “Redeemer”, the One Who bought back with His Blood. Glory to His Holy Name!