Inside: What if when I surrender to God, I became more like my true self? How does this intentional action, ultimately fulfill my greatest dreams? Life becomes a lot sweeter and joyful when I’m following God’s lead.
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My favorite ice cream is Chocolate Volcano from Culvers. If you don’t have a Culvers in your area, you are really missing out.
Chocolate ice cream with gooey hot fudge, brownie pieces, M&Ms and Oreo bits all mashed up together. It’s heaven in your mouth. When my local ice cream place had this on the menu for their daily scoop of ice cream, I had to stop. Bad days equaled good days if you get my drift.
Whenever my local ice cream place had this on the menu for their daily scoop of ice cream, I had to stop. After all, this treat would turn a bad day into a good day, if you get my drift.
Surrendering My Will
However, a few years ago, some tests results indicated that my body was having issues with gluten. Specifically, I was gluten intolerant and would have to give up anything that contained this.
Of course, I could continue to eat food with gluten, but risk further damage to my body. Therefore, I decided to give it all up.
As a result, no more chocolate volcano ice cream. Actually, no more cookies, cake or any bakery. I would either have to make my own or pay a higher price to enjoy a gluten-free version.
I had to submit to the fact that I couldn’t have it any longer. In other words, I knew it was something that I had to do even though it was an inconvenience. I disliked it.Many times, I think I know what I should do. Don't I control the steering wheel of life? #controlfreak #control #letgo Click To Tweet
I want what I want and I don’t want someone telling me what I should do.
Surrender to God
What if in the act of surrender, we became more like our true selves? With this intentional action, we would ultimately fulfill our greatest dreams?
The only criteria, surrender:
- Let go of what I think I know.
- Release my understanding of what I thought was good.
- Open my hands and be led instead of thinking I have the control.
I heard this quote recently “The strongest position you can be in is complete surrender.” At first, disagreed with this quote, but when I wrestled with it for a day I changed my mind. This quote is actually in the Bible.
(2 Corinthians 12:9, GNT) But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak. I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ’s power over me.”
I can only surrender fully when I am at the end of myself. When I realize I control nothing and I can stress and fuss but I can’t change anything. In those moments I understand that I am weak and God is powerful.
I yield to God’s power. It’s in complete surrender to God, I find myself. I am filled. I give up the need to control and get Christ’s power over me, isn’t this the meaning of surrender?
Our world urges us to be strong and self-reliant, but God wants us to admit that we are weak.
We can’t come to God when we are doing fine without Him. It’s when we accept that we aren’t doing ok that God becomes our all in all.
The seasons of life where I felt unsure, scared and like I was hanging on by threads are actually the seasons where God was most evident in my life. I was strong in faith and in His assurance, though bodily weak.
I could feel His presence and I felt secure. Even though life seemed to be unraveling, I was happy because of such an intimate relationship with my Savior.
Looking back, my faith grew when I was surrendered. I was the most peaceful and happy when I admit that I don’t have a handle on anything and I need God.
I need to daily admit my weakness and completely surrender to feel God’s peace and happiness.
Here is the sweetness in surrender.