These 3 words have been on my mind in the last year, but most importantly in the last 3 months. I just want to take some time to share with you about a recent trip I took to Puerto Rico. The trip originally was to go see my grandmother who is about to be 90 this week, and to have a little R&R with my younger sister and daughter. I had a great time, but the one thing I was dreading was seeing my father. I have not seen him in 12 yrs, and that was only for about 1/2 hours and before that was another 12 yrs. so when I spoke to him over the phone before the trip let's just say I was not too happy. My first thought as we landed in P.R. was okay we are here let's get this visit with him over and done with. Not the visit with my grandma, but my father was the one who had to take us there and that is the one I wanted out the way. Well came the dreaded day, but that morning I began to just seek God and as I was getting ready I was just asking God to guide me, I didn't want to leave my hotel room with a negative feeling. I wanted to really be happy, and well guess what I was. When I first saw him, he ran towards me and just kept hugging me I thought for one second awkward, but then I embraced it. He truly was happy to see me, he kept saying I can't believe you are here wow you have grown to be a beautiful woman. He wanted to know everything in those few seconds, but he knew that my sister and I came P.R. to see my grandmother. When he saw my sister, he was just as happy, I think we were both pleased that there was no drama. We did see our grandma, and then after my father took us to a secluded beach and we just spent time laughing, talking and then it happened.
He cried, told me how much he loves me and never stopped and hugged me. I hugged him back and said I know you do, but as I said it I really felt it. It was sincere on both parts. You see this entire time planning this trip I thought it was to see our grandma and though it was, it was much more than that. It was about how God is so awesome that He was able to restore a father-daughter relationship, because of this I am ready to start rebuilding what God has begun.
The definition of restore: