And provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor. Isaiah 61:3 (Amp.)
I love Walmart. They have a tremendously gracious exchange policy and will take almost ANYTHING back. Over the years I have tested this theory time and time again- toys that were missing parts…clothing that didn’t fit right…even make up that was not the same color on my face when I got home that it had been resting on the shelf beneath the florescent lighting.
If you have a receipt their grace is limitless – you can buy and return as many things as you need or like. And even without a receipt they will allow you to return and exchange an item up to three times! I have found this such a valuable quality and one which I have come to appreciate throughout the years. If you don’t like what you have you can return it and get something better.
God is a lot like Walmart- not only does He offer the best deals, but He also is in the business of exchange.
God is a healer. He clearly reveals this throughout His Word… I have found however, that as much as He longs to be that very Healer within the life of every single one of His children, it seems that some receive their healing…and some do not. Some become whole…and yet, some remain wounded and limping… oozing even, for the entirety of their lives.
Why is that? What determines who will be made whole and who will not?
Upon my own healing journey I have found that there is a “great exchange” which must occur. Exchanges which have been predicated by the LORD revealing truth to my heart that I could be free in an area if I was willing to make an exchange with Him.
Just a few of the exchanges that I have made….
Fear for Trust
Self Sufficiency for Complete Dependence
Un-forgiveness for Forgiveness
God serves as the most amazing customer service representative. Each time I approach Him with something I need to exchange He always greets me with a smile. He patiently waits on me, grace and mercy overflowing, as I pull the receipt out of my purse and hand it to Him explaining…”I have this, but I don’t want it anymore.” No further explanations are required. He doesn’t need to know when I got, where I got it, or why I got it. He simply allows me to return that which I no longer desire to have to Him, He takes it for me.
And then the beautiful process of exchange can begin. He never fails to offer me in return something so much more precious than I even knew I could have. Beauty for ashes….the oil of joy for mourning….a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair, each of these are exchanges which are available to any Child of God.
I thank you Father that I always have a place before your throne where I can pour out to you everything in my life and in my heart. I am grateful that you are always willing to take that which I offer up to you. You faithfully, time and again, exchange within my life that which holds me in bondage for the truth which sets me free.