Sunday, 17 June 2018

Sweet Surrender

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

These words followed me around over the past few days. I would see it pop-up on my devotional, on text messages, social media, name it! God was speaking to me loud and clear, but I was missing the point, over and over again!

It has been a stressful week - with experiments taking longer than intended, work piling up, house-search, family members being unwell, conflicts, and just my usual bouts of over-thinking everything and anything imaginable - I felt like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders. While I knew that God is in control and that He eagerly waits for us lay our burdens at His feet, I found it difficult to let go.

Letting go meant embracing uncertainty. It meant that I could no longer try to dictate the course of the journey I was on, or its destination. It meant opening myself up to the possibility that God might have a 'No' or a 'Not yet' when I desperately wanted an immediate 'Yes'. It meant holding my dreams and desires loosely. 
Hence I refused to let go of the rudder. I would rather fall prey to the worries of this world, than lose control of the situation!

However my stubbornness robbed me of peace. My worries were too great a burden for me to bear. I realised that I strived in vain - God was ultimately in control of every situation that bothered me. His plans will prevail over mine, and they are always for my good and His glory. In fact, there was no need to worry, fret or stress about anything! My fretting was not just futile, but silly! He loves me more than anyone in this universe, and if He chooses to withhold something from me, it must be for my good. I needed to trust Him enough to just sit back and enjoy the ride, even if I wasn't sure about the road He was taking.

The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God's thoughts and ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). We often rely on our limited vision of life to dictate our response to the situations that come our way. However God has a bird's eye view of our lives. He knows the past, present and future, and the repercussion of every choice we make. We can trust Him and His ways, even if they don't make sense to us right now. We can surrender our hopes, dreams and worries at His feet, knowing that He is a good and faithful Father who works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28)

We might be facing a storm, but let us not forget that we serve a God who parted the sea, walked on water, and even beat death! Let go of the rudder, refuse to be a back-seat driver and walk into the peace and joy that awaits us when we surrender it all to Jesus.

Then Jesus said to His disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear? For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will He clothe you - you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 

"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom"
~ Luke 12:22-32

Pendennis Head, Falmouth @mywanderinglens

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