“Provide for those who grieve…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, NIV)
Have you ever dressed a physical infected wound? At times it looks fierce and angry much like the turbulence of the ocean. Red and inflamed like the distress of the sky. Then when the healing begins you see a calm like a pair of ducks nesting by the still of a lake. And out of the clear blue sky comes the sight of healing and calms the nerves and stills all fears.
Much like a physical infected wound we find ourselves or others in great distress causing our minds and emotions to be dressed in despair and disappointment. Our minds and emotions are churning like the storm of the sea, tossed to and fro without an oar, or ounce of hope. Jesus quotes in Luke 4:18,19 the same words given by Isaiah and saying, “the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
Therefore, put on ‘a garment of praise’ for the spirit of heaviness. Lift up your voice to God! Sing, pray and give thanks to Him while opportunities of ‘God’s favor’ continue to knock on your mind’s door. Look for and swoon with words of praise while watching a sunrise and sunset over the calm ripples of the sea. Wear a garment of praise so the birds of the air can find strong oak trees to nest and feed their young. Let us show forth God’s Glory by dressing an infected soul wound with a ‘balm of Gilead’ ensuing a perfect healing for our hurting hearts.
Yes, if you are mourning today, “the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” Arise and dress and go out and meet your day!