Surrender sounds easy, doesn’t it?
I mean, it’s putting down something, unburdening. It’s the opposite of striving.
Most of us get pretty attached to things, often without intending to, and if you’ve tried surrendering, you probably already know how hard it really is. It’s some of the most challenging work we’ll ever do. (And some of the most important.)
I’m a crafter, and as God tends to do, He used one of my passions to make a point with me (maybe this has happened to you?):
When I’m playing around in my craft room, I often get glue on my fingers, and if I don’t get it all off, suddenly I touch something and it sticks to my fingers. I imagine life is like that sometimes. We reach for a thing and it gets stuck to our hands. A dream. A goal. A job. A relationship.
Before we know it, there are so many things stuck to us that if God tried to give us a gift, a person, or a purpose, it would slide right out of our grasp, and we couldn’t receive it.
It takes effort to surrender all that stuff. We have to consciously peel our hands away from the things that we become glued to and lay them aside. It’s hard, and sometimes painful. But wow, do my hands feel better without a bunch of junk stuck to them! I can wash them and open them up before the Lord and receive whatever He chooses to give me.
What do you need to peel your hands away from today? What do you need to surrender? Don’t be afraid! God always has better gifts for us than we could ever dream of!
So go ahead, start peeling. Start unsticking yourself from all those things that keep you from receiving God’s best for you!
I pray that as you let go and surrender to Him, that He gives you peace and rest and a sense of sweet release. In Jesus’ name, amen.