A Testimony, A Reversal
By Stacey Tuttle
My sweet Aunt Molly has a friend who recently went through an amazing experience. A really tough experience, one that came as a result of someone’s malicious intent toward her. But, she chose to trust the Lord and ended up finding that “what others intended for evil, the Lord intended for good.” She has gracious allowed my Aunt to post her testimony of that experience on her blog. It’s a story of the beautiful kinds of reversals that God loves to perform. And I am so excited to be able to share it with you (the link is below)!
One of my favorite passages about reversals is Isaiah 61:1-3, just look at all of them!
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 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.
As you read that passage and then, click on the link and read the testimony from Molly’s blog, I ask you to prayerfully consider the areas in your own life that need some reversal. Is it your circumstances, is it your heart, is it something that’s been done to you, or something you’ve done to yourself? I could probably answer “yes” to each of those, myself, if I was honest.All you brokenhearted, he wants to fix your hearts. All you who are poor, He has good news for you! You who are in bondage (and who of us is not in bondage to something or other?), he wants to set you free. Are you in the dark? Let him bring you light. Do you mourn? He will comfort you. Do you grieve? He will meet your needs. Let Him crown you with beauty, you who are living in ashes. (Cinderella, anyone?) Let Him exchange your mourning with joy. Let Him turn that spirit of despair which hangs so heavily about you into a cloak of praise! And in these little reversals, you will become an oak of righteousness—mighty, strong, and immense—a display of God’s splendor for the world to see.
Read the story, let it soak in. Ask the Lord to show you those areas He wants to reverse for you; those things we think are bad that He actually plans to do good in. Be of good cheer! You have only to wait patiently upon the Lord to see how He is going to go about it.
Here’s the link to the testimony! http://mollymason.blogspot.com/2011/05/friends-testimony.html