This is a blog post that has been long coming, after all, it is the lesson that the Lord has continued to teach me over and over and over again throughout the last 6 months.
It’s such a small word, with such big implications… Surrender.
The definition of the word according to the Merriam Webster dictionary is as follows:
“To yield to the power, or control. …to give up into the power of another… to give oneself over to something…”
You see, in my life over the last 6 months or so there have been issues, decisions that had to made, stressful situations, circumstances that I could not control.
AND over and over again, in the midst of my frustration, worry, stress- in the midst of the frantic emotional stew I would allow myself to succumb to- in the midst of my lack of trust and my trying to solve it all by myself…. I heard the still small whisper of my Savior saying “Sarah, just surrender”.
As I lay in my bed at night, wheels spinning about all that had occurred, the things I wish I could change, or had done wrong…. The word would just come to me… Surrender.
As I cried in my prayers wondering what in the world God had in store for me I remembered it… Surrender.
When I came to the place where I had to step away from a business position that I had earned, one I had initially thought might be my life career. But the Lord was calling me elsewhere. I had to make the choice, the choice to surrender.
When my husband and I made the decision that I would stay home full time with the kids, even though financially it didn’t seem doable, even though I wasn’t sure if I would be content. I had to make a decision, a decision to surrender.
When those unexpected medical bills arrived with a due date that was quickly upon us…. Surrender.
When our house that has been sitting on the market for over a year still has not sold, and we are frustrated…. Surrender.
When the Lord called me to do something that I did not feel equipped to do…surrender.
Today, when my kids need more of mommy than mommy feels like she can give… surrender.
It’s simple. There is really nothing else we CAN do.
So today, as you go about your business, as you face that stressful situation at work, as you wonder what God’s plan is for you, as you struggle with crumbling relationship, or financial issues, or a overwhelming to do list that never seems to go away.
Just make the choice, surrender.
The Lord will carry your burden if you only let Him.
1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourself therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your burdens on him, because He cares for you.”