Imagine pulling out a nice tupperware bowl, heading over to your fireplace or bbq grill, and filling up your container with ashes. You then take great pains to wipe off the edges of your container, placing the lid tightly on so that you don't lose anything.
Then, you place your tupperware container full of ashes gingerly in your car and drive to the grocery store. You load a small handbasket with just the basics, you need milk, bread, and some lunchmeat. You take your basket of goods, and your tuperware container of ashes to the checkout counter.
The girl behind the counter informs you that will be $5.72 please.
You hand her the tupperware container of ashes as payment.
I'm sure you have a good idea of what would happen.
But what's God do?
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, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:3