“It is wonderful what miracles God works in wills that are utterly surrendered to HIM.”
-Hannah Whitall Smith
Why is the act of surrendering such a difficult one? Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” When one truly believes this promise, the act of surrendering is an easy and beautiful one. And I find this is my current journey. Some things are easier to surrender than others.
But here is what I have been learning: When I raise the white flag, stand with my hands open, and heart surrendered to The One who knows me best and loves me most, that is when I believe ‘enjoying the journey’ truly begins.
I am learning that surrendering is all that God is really waiting for. It's in those moments of surrender when He can move. It's in those moments of complete surrender, when His plan starts to unfold. It's in those moments of surrender when you see His mercies new every day. Complete surrender creates a sense of freedom. You do not have to carry your own load. God tells us in the book of Matthew, that His yoke is easy and his burden is LIGHT (Matthew 11:30). When you fully surrender to His plan, you start to see everything differently. You see His sovereignty. You feel His peace. You see His mercy.
This past Sunday, my Pastor said something simple yet so profound. “God's not in Heaven nervous about what's going on around you. He is in COMPLETE control." So, fully surrendering to Him can be a comforting thought knowing that He’s got me.
If your journey has taken twists and turns, if it's not how you planned it out to be, or if you're in a season you never thought you'd be in, SURRENDER to Him. Take God for His word. Take Him for Who He is, and how faithful He has been to you in your past. DARE to believe that where He is taking you is better than where you've been.