“Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:7)
“Submit and surrender yourself to God [agree with God and show yourself to be conformed to His will], and you will have peace. You will prosper and great things will come to you.” (Job 22:21)
Sometimes surrendering in the small things brings the greatest blessings.
Last week I loudly exclaimed “yes God, I do want greater things for my life!” I do want to see what happens when I say “yes”. Now, two chapters further into Lysa TerKeursts book What happens when women say ‘yes’ to God I’m looking around hoping no-one noticed that I put my hand up!
This week has shown me that if I’m going to be a “yes to God” kind of girl, I need to be willing to surrender to Him. I want to say up front (very honestly), that history has shown me that surrendering doesn’t always guarantee the immediate answer or the results I
When my husband heard God say “surrender”, he left a very well paid job in the Performing Arts and Entertainment industry to enter full-time ministry. Within months, God spoke again and told us that His plan for full-time ministry was not where we were, but 12 hours drive away, back in our hometown of Geelong. We were being called to plant a church. So we did. We sold everything (including a brand new home we had just built and only lived in for 6 weeks that still smelled of fresh paint!) and moved back to Geelong. We had a four week old newborn baby, three other children under five years old, a dog and a cat. We also had no house. No car. No job. And no savings. Just a call. And a desire to surrender and say “yes” to God.
Ten years later my husband again heard God say “surrender” and he stepped down from a full-time ministry position and walked away from senior pastoring the church we had planted and watched grow and flourish. We believed it would only be a matter of weeks before he found another job. Thirteen long months (and ninety-six rejection letters) later, he was finally offered what appeared to be a great job back in his former career in the Arts and Entertainment industry. He came home from work that first night and looked at me and asked: “What have I done? When God told me to leave the church, this is not what He called me to do.” Eight months later he came home from work and looked at me again and said: “I can’t do this anymore.” And he handed in his resignation, surrendering to God again. In the meantime we had a house with a mortgage that remained unpaid. No car. No job. And no savings. Just a promise and a call. And a desire to surrender and say “yes” to God. Again, we believed it would only be a matter of weeks before he found another position. This time eleven more months passed before he was finally offered his current dream job, working as the School Chaplain in a large co-educational private school.
The thing about surrender is that I can’t step into what God wants for me if I’m still holding onto the things in my old life. Whilst I know this to be true, reality screams that every single time I have surrendered in the past it has taken God a long time to show up and show me what my new life is going to look like! Not only that, it has caused an enormous amount of pain and required incredible sacrifice. Each time I have surrendered it seems like I have lost so much.
So am I willing to trust Him again? Am I willing to surrender to Him again? I do want to say “yes” to God. I do want to live with my palms up, living the amazing life that God has called me to. For this to happen I have to offer every part of my life to Him. Surrender to Him. Submit to Him. Yield to Him. Trust Him. Show myself conformed to His will. Again.
Deep breath in and out. Here we go. “Yes God, I surrender”.
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