Surrendering VS giving up…. by Laura Grace
” …but in understanding be mature. ” 1 Corn 14:20 “Be Mature” (Book of James)
I’ve told some of you this but….I feel I must repeat it again. Many years ago (the year 2000) I made this chart with little tombstones. Each one had things I had prayed for since 1991.
They were things I’d believed for, based on “delight in me, I will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37). And believe me, I kept busy finding ways to delight in him! I really did But, he saw right through me.
Based on something I read by Martin Luther, I had an actual funeral service, and said to the Lord, “I still believe you for these things, but I am not going to mention it again. I told him, I have to let go and just give this to you and trust you to remember, because I am too frustrated, trying to believe day after day for these things I have asked you for.”
I didn’t want to give up, but I did wish to surrender. i didn’t want to be la-te-da about my faith, but I also didn’t want to be consumed with the things I was beleiving for, and fail to learn about God according to HIS Plans!
I can look back now, and see there were believers looking at me thinking “She is out of balance.” I was looking at them, thinking the same thing! 😳😬😄
Abraham believed and didn’t waiver. Noah built the Ark God told him to build. Sampson fought God’s enemies with fervor. King David chased after God’s very heart! We learn something good from each example in our bibles. Could it be we were meant to possess ALL these good traits (of Jesus) and that is what it means to become Perfect, Mature, and Complete in Him?
I think so! We should not push away Faith, but we can also learn something from those who have learned to be content with what they have. We can learn Humility from one person, and how to fight bravely in Faith from another. Nobody in the Body of Christ should ever feel rejected. Especially by their own Brethren. Everyone has something to contribute.
In Surrendering that day, I opened myself up to learn from some other people, not just those who “Fight and conquer’ by Faith!
It was actually a realy good day, but it didn’t seem like it then. Now every one of those tombstone prayers have been answered, in God’s own good time.
I am at that same place again. “Father, I surrender to you” this day and all those things I”ve prayed and believed for? (with all of my heart?) I place it in your hands right now Father, I trust you! You’ve got this!”
“Father, I trust in you. You care even more than I do, Amen” Now let me say this please, do not be afraid to pray that way! God’s Got you! He saw you fighting in Faith, my friend. You will lose NOTHING when you surrender it to him.
Laura Grace, Child of God, servant of God, author, Mom, grandma, wife, and your friend if you’ll have me.