Can You Make Up for Lost Time?

Can you make up for lost time?

I’m not talking about passenger jets that get a tail wind that compensates for a late departure from the gate.

I’m talking years of lost productivity or enjoyment of life due to, well, due to a lot of things.

Can you make up for lost time?

For most of my life, I would have said, “no.”

But in later years, I’ve questioned that response.

Because of a verse in the Bible:

“I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locusts have eaten” (Joel 2:25).*

It’s a promise from God to an agrarian people who had their crops destroyed by a locust infestation. Evidently, they had lost more than one season of harvest. It can take years to create healthy grape vineyards.

So, if I’m interpreting this right, God says “I will give you a bumper season or seasons that will be double or triple a normal one—to make up for the years lost to locusts.”

So I’m wondering if God can do that for other losses.

Like years of loneliness because of failed relationships, or years of financial struggle because of a failed business, or years of frustration due to a failed dream.

My guess is that he can.

My guess is that he does.

My guess is he does a lot of it in retirement.


*So my Bible commentary says this verse is directed to the faithful during the Day of the Lord. Granted. But I think it also shows the heart of God towards those who suffer loss at any time.

8 thoughts on “Can You Make Up for Lost Time?

  1. I like your premise here Mike. I believe the wisdom gained unwittingly in our youth can become a blessing we age. As in “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and most of it is pretty small.”

  2. I believe that God uses the “lean times” to prepare us for times of plenty. For example Joseph. Maybe even the pandemic!!

  3. I’ve experienced a few locust swarms in my life. But it is so sweet to be blessed by a bumper crop. Yes,I believe that God cares deeply about our hopes and dreams.
    Thanks for the reminder!

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