“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, the he might be glorified.” -Isaiah 61:3

I remember when I was about 11 or 12, my brother Dexter had gotten a horrible headache one morning. The bus ride to school appeared difficult for him, and with every bump the bus hit one could see the nausea that would overcome him. I hated to see him in such pain, so I prayed. Now, I didn’t pray a normal prayer, I prayed for transfer of the pain. I asked God to take that headache from my brother and give it to me, because I knew I would rather be sick than him. 

Isn’t it amazing how much we mirror God sometimes? 

I can often picture God sitting by us, pleading with us to take away our insecurities, our pain, and even our sense of worthlessness; all for the Great Exchange of what He truly has to offer. You all, that Exchange is something powerful. God did not create us to go through life full of pain, and hurt; and He most certainly didn’t create us to hold everything in without seeking God. 

It’s funny, if we find ourselves tired from carrying our baggage around, we typically seek help from others; and little by little the load is lightened. We find ourselves releaved. Yet, God is by far the best baggage handler ever! He takes away everything that is not only hurting us, but also damaging our soul, in exchange for everything He has!