Saturday, September 27, 2008

Small Reminders

I woke up this morning to the smell of fresh air blowing in my windows. I could hear the softness of the world outside and I felt at peace; comforted by the knowledge that God was already up and waiting for me.

Surrender is my journey. Each day the choice presents itself as I choose to stay in bed or get up for my first appointment with God. Do I read a little longer with my boys or mop the floor? Do I accept the "something" that didn't turn out the way I had hoped or stew and strive to make it happen. Each of us faces the choice to surrender or to strive. I humbly ask God to give me the opportunity to surrender.

"Surrender is not the surrender of the external life, but of the will." ~Oswald Chambers

"I have given myself clear away, and have not retained anything as my own." ~Jonathan Edwards

As I sat down at the computer this morning my husband had left me a small reminder that nothing was left solely in my hands that day. A small note on the keyboard read, "Good morning, this is GOD! I will be handling all your problems today. I will not need your help, so have a great day."

Oh the sweet blessing in knowing that I do not have to strive today or any other day. The note itself was a small reminder that God has my best interest at heart and that He cares for even the smallest of my needs. He is big enough to control all that surrounds me in the world, but small enough to hear me whisper, "stay near to me O God."

Thank you O God for the joy that comes in the surrender.

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul. Therefore I will hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24


Willow said...

Beautiful thoughts! I love how God has been revealing to me lately how many things this world views as "backwards" actually sends us forwards...right into our Savior's loving arms.

Surrender is one of those things I believe. To let go seems like you are going to lose control. But let's face it, it's not like we ever had it in the first place. And I realize that for me personally, when I choose to hold back, to not surrender in an area of my life I limit the blessings that God can give. I pray we all continue to choose to surrender. Are there any other Hands I would trust myself in more?

Melissa said...

How exciting to have the first comment on my blog! Thank you~

Surrender is freedom, isn't that an ironic thought? Great question! It puts it all into such simple perspective, with such an obvious anwser.

jeanenefaith said...

I love that Jesus gave us the perfect example of surrender. I think of Jesus in the garden before He was taken as He prayed in anguish and an earnestness that actually produced blood instead of sweat. He is asking His Father to take this cup from Him but His desire was for the Father's will and in the end He surrendered all. What a beautiful reminder. A sweet surrender.
Ultimately when we surrender what are we really giving up?

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