by CHERYL MOSES
Surrender. If you’re anything like me, your gut probably turns when you hear that word. It typically means me giving something up that I would rather not hand over.
I sat with a friend today and listened as she poured out her heart, sharing with me her struggles. There were times when it seemed as though she were telling my story. Our journeys are similar to a degree, yet separated by circumstance.
As my friend spoke, my heart reflected on things the Lord had spoken to me pertaining to some of the very same issues she was struggling with, one of the hardest being sacrifice and living selflessly.
I am not very good at either but I am trying. I am learning it is much better to be a peacekeeper than to be proven right. It is sometimes more gracious to allow someone else to express their point of view than for mine to be heard. And it is always the right thing to forgive a wrong than to allow it to fester and destroy a relationship.
I don’t like sacrifice. I want my way. I want to be heard and I want things to happen immediately. But the beauty of this call to selfless living is that in laying down all those unhealthy desires, I gain something of far greater worth. There is a certain peace that comes with not always having to be right. When it’s not always about me and what I want, the Lord begins to make a way for me.
Did you catch that? When we relinquish our will and stop trying to make things go our way, God steps in makes room for us.
Letting go of that which we know we need to surrender, no matter how much a part of our makeup it may have become, is freeing in the struggle. It’s a tug-of-war in our souls that is won when we simply surrender. We can either choose to release our hold and remain standing or get pulled into the muck and mire of our own making. We cannot win by being tight-fisted. When we begin to experience the peace that comes from allowing the Lord to have control over those things we once held so dear, we can then begin to understand why we were meant to let them go.
Recently, I’ve started praying some new scriptures over my life. I had no idea what it would require of me to see these things come to pass. It required more than just my speaking them forth. He sometimes desires for us to partake in the creation of our own blessings. Often, our unwillingness to die to self is what hinders His hand. He cannot always give us what He wants us to have when our hands are clasped tightly around what it is we want for ourselves.
It seems I am walking through this truth every single day. Some things are easier than others to release and some I continue to struggle with, greatly. What I am experiencing is a greater awareness of the things I need to surrender. While I may not always do so quickly, that is my heart and my desire, for obedience is what pleases the Lord.
If you find yourself wondering where peace can be found in the midst of your situation, ask The Lord this question.
“What am I holding onto that I need to surrender?”
There is a blessing He has been longing to give to you if you’ll just lay release your hold, freeing your heart to receive.
Cheryl Moses is the Secretary and Ladies’ Ministry Leader at Calvary Community Church, in Houston, Texas. You can read more from Cheryl on her blog The Heart Speaks.