It must be two years ago that I bought this piece from an artist friend: check her out on fb and instagram: rachelhannaart. And yet it was only a month or so ago I finally had it framed. In asking where the inspiration for the piece came from (after I’d bought it), Rachel said Malachi 3:10 and the exchange of blessing between us and God.
And maybe that’s why it took so long for me to get the painting framed . . . because there was a time there in the midst of my struggle with depression, that despite all my effort, I felt I wasnt seeing any blessing coming down. So in that time . . . I had no desire to find the cash, to have it framed and on display. And so it remained flat in its box labelled: Beauitful exchange. And yet despite the conflict between what it represented and my personal experience, somehow I could never give it away. And then the time came, when all that changed . . .
In the process of overcoming depression, I had some things things that needed to be burnt (not literally but cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually) for my own benefit.
It was in letting go of those ‘things’: the (seemingly) good, the bad, and the ugly, that I started to see the beginning of that exchange taking place.
Then I went public with sharing my journey, through my writing (albeit somewhat reluctant at making myself so vulnerable and exposed) and the exchange escalated. Through conversations wih God and writing it down, as I gave up my pain piece by piece, healing came down with peace and then more peace.
And so it is, this piece of writing is the result of my peace through healing:
It’s finally in a frame!
Painted by a friend,
Titled: ‘Beautiful exchange’
Ev’ry good & perfect ‘flame’
A gift heaven sent,
And that He’ll never change.
With Malachi as his name,
Bless up in Three:Ten
Blessing comes down in exchange.
Let it all go: pain, guilt, shame,
Releasing loose ends,
I find it is all quite strange.
By writing up of my pain,
This healing, the mend.
That only He could arrange!