My best friend’s husband died, but she did not place her wedding ring in a draw. She designed a new ring, an everyday kind of ring, and incorporated the diamonds from her wedding ring. I cheered her on for her ingenuity to keep his memory close at all times.
A gal in my critique group wrote about the best Christmas present she ever received. She inherited her late mother-in-law’s mink coat. She loved her dearly, but when she put on the coat, she felt like she stepped out of the 1950’s. She hated the thought of it placed in a box and stacked on a closet shelf. Her husband took it to a furrier and surprised her at Christmas with a brand new mink stole. I choked up when I read her words of love for her mother-in-law and the beautiful mink cape she wore for a classy event in frigid Flagstaff during the holidays.
The Spiritual Trade off
I don’t have a mink coat or extra diamonds to create something new. I do have some things, however, that I want to trade.
There is a Christian song I like to sing when I think of trading my stuff with Jesus. As in any relationship, there is an exchange. With Jesus, I give Him what I have but He gives me back much more.
The song goes like this: “I’m trading my sorrows. I'm trading my shame. I'm trading my sickness. I'm trading my pain; I'm laying it down for the joy of the Lord. Yes, Lord! Yes, yes Lord!”
The widow had to give the jeweler her wedding ring to receive the new everyday ring. The husband had to give the mink coat to the furrier to receive the new mink cape.
I have to give God my pain, but He gives me His joy. It’s an excellent trade-off and one that makes me smile!