For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. Romans 8:20-21

This fall, I will be going to graduate school in the field of historic preservation. Historic preservation is the protection, conservation, and restoration of object, buildings, and other things valuable to the human story. Thus, the idea of restoration is an important one for me. And, according to the passage above, it is important to understanding human destiny.

Currently, we live in a world filled with tragedy, pain, and suffering. But the world was not always this way, and it will not always be that way. We right now live in a world clouded by sin. Though the sins of the Christian have been atoned through Christ’s work on the cross, the effects of sin still permeate this world. But there will come a time when the world will be restored. The beauty that one was will shine once again. The groans of creation will give way to cries of joy.

This is what we have hope for as believers.