Some words are easy to define. You relate to them from your personal experience. When you talk about “love” for instance, you might define it differently than someone else, but love is a word that makes you feel good and when you use it people understand what you’re trying to say.
Today, I want to share my thoughts about the word “surrender.” I always thought I understood what it means to surrender. You know, it means you put up the white flag, you opt out, or you simply give up. You’re done!
After having my strokes though, I learned the word “surrender” in a whole new way. I learned that it had nothing to do with giving up, and everything to do with giving my situation over to God. I had to trust Him with every detail of my recovery. I learned that I had to stop fighting to have things as I wanted them to be, or as I wanted them to happen. I discovered that giving up was not an option, but surrendering was absolutely essential.
I’ll admit that it’s not easy to surrender, to simply lay your life down at the foot of the cross and know that somehow you’ll be raised up again by the only One with the power to give you back your life. As you work on your recovery every day, one step at a time, give some thought to this idea of complete and total surrender. It’s not about “giving up or even resolutely “giving in.” It’s about recognizing that there’s only so much you can do on your own and about knowing that God’s strength is made perfect in your weakness. God takes over when our strength runs out.
I challenge you today to move beyond any thoughts you have about doing your recovery work all by yourself, on your strength. Give up! Give up in the only way that can make a difference, by surrendering your whole life to your Creator.
May God turn His face toward you today.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9, NKJV