“ For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways you ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8&9
You may have asked God already “Why are you taking me through this?” or ” Why are you asking me to give this up?” I know I have and it just didn’t make any sense to me at the time but it was through that time that I finally understood what true surrender looks and feels like.
The reason we don’t always understand why we are going through what we are is because we only see a small piece of the big picture. It’s God who sees every minute detail and He works in ways that don’t make sense to us because He can see the big picture.
Surrender doesn’t come naturally so neither is it an easy thing to accomplish. Recently God had been asking me to surrender a certain area of my life over to Him. He was asking me to give up something I wanted so badly and I clung to it tightly fearing that if I gave it over to Him I will never get it back again. I knew it was wrong for me to feel that way and in my heart I wanted to give it all to Him and yet a part of me held back. God, in His gentle patient way, continued to remind me to let go and leave it in His care. The struggle was long and intense but finally I came to the point where I said, ” Here God, I give this to You. Do with my life and this specific area however it pleases You. I know You have a beautiful plan for my life and I want Your will to be done and not my own. Your hands are much more capable to handle this situation than my own. It’s all Yours. :
I was flooded with Freedom and Joy I didn’t know existed when I completely surrendered to the Father’s will. I was free from the chains of worry and control and could rest knowing that God is in full control of my life. I was free to experience the joy of life and to put myself fully into the work God had called me to at that moment.
Less than a year after I surrendered that area to God He gave it back to me. He gave me what I had struggled so long and hard to give to Him. I didn’t deserve anything in return and I can’t help but praise Him as I discover more and more how He was working in my life over the time of the intense battle. It was through that time that I actually experienced true surrender and through it all learned to know my Saviour in a way I never had before and probably wouldn’t have been possible had I continued to cling to my will, unwilling to release it into God’s care.
In looking back, I’m so thankful He didn’t give me what I wanted when I wanted it. He knows what’s best and right then he knew that I needed to learn a few things before I’d be ready for the next step He had for me. God is so amazing and His timing and way is perfect!
If He’s asking you to surrender a certain area of your life to Him, do it! The pain, tears, and struggles will be worth it all as He asks you to let go and allow Him to have His will and way. God’s best for you may not be you getting back what you gave up but neither should that be the motive for surrender. True surrender comes from a heart willing do be used of God in any way He chooses.