Did you know that in the entirety of the Bible, God has revealed his will that we trust him, and surrender our lives to him? This idea of surrender has come to be a great topic of my prayer life and of my overall spiritual journey.
I believe there is a difference between surrendering, and just going along for the ride. Surrender is trusting him in all things, and yet living prudent lives. Surrender is about trusting that he holds you in the palm of his hand, and that nothing can happen to you that is outside of his will. It is about knowing that he has a plan for your life, and that nothing can take you from this path. He loves you and wants you to know the extent of his caring. He really will care for us as the lilies of the field if we will but let him. Yes, bad things happen, but they happen for a reason. God’s ways are outside of our comprehension. We must trust that everything that happens is within his control.
How does one surrender? Well, I started with the simple stuff. For example, when I hit a red light and feel a rush of frustration course through my body, I say, “God, I accept this as your will for me.” I can’t control the red light, so it may no seem like a step in surrendering to God. It is. When I accept these little things in life as God’s will, I feel peace. I feel bolstered in my faith life. I feel closer to God.
I strongly believe that as I learn to surrender little things, and accept them as God’s will, the rest of my life will start to fall into place. I know that I will learn more about surrender because I am already seeing the results.
Spend some time today contemplating how you can surrender to God in your own way. Invite the Holy Spirit into your day, and ask him how you can learn to trust him more. Look for the little things and the big.
Ms. Debra Weldon, O.P.