This has got to be one of the HARDEST things to learn how to do. And I am completely surrounded by God’s hand asking me to dig deeper in this phenomenon.
For example, this morning I stopped at the ATM to withdraw some money so that I can feed myself throughout the day. Cause feeding yourself is super important, obviously. But, God had a different plan. The ATM decided it wasn’t handing out cash today, so what did I do? After I threw a tiny tantrum, I said
I will surrender.
How is it that I know God will sustain me, but I continue to try to fend for myself instead of surrendering? It’s like an internal battle with yourself. Literally, a fight against your old-self for your new-self. How do you fight with yourself? Knowing that God is on your side – that’s how. He’s an amazing force and WILL walk with you through the wilderness, the surrender, the sorrow, and then the sunrise.
Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for him.
So, how does one go about surrendering? Well, here are some things I’ve found help:
- Choose God: Don’t do it for yourself, do it for Him, bless Him with your surrender, and He will bless you.
- Don’t Expect It To Happen Overnight: I’d say I’ve been working on even UNDERSTANDING the how to of surrendering for years now! It’s about the journey, not the finish. And it’s not something that you can perfect, I will always be learning.
- Check Yourself: in one of my favorite devotional writers post about surrender, he says surrender shows up best in relationships, when you’re not self-serving, you’re selfless, loving, patient, kind, and not irritable, or out for your own agenda. Find that post here.
Have you struggled with surrender? How have you overcome the daunting beginning towards surrender? I can promise you – you are not alone – just look up, and He’s there – or look to your side and I’ll be right there figuring it out with ya!