All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give. I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live.
These are the words to a beautiful song I love to sing. But, I was stopped in my tracks when a dear friend said she intentionally did not sing this song in church. She knew she wasn’t ready to surrender. WOW! I wasn’t sure how to respond.
Two things were immediately obvious to me. First, my friend had made a decision not to pretend that she was surrendering just because everyone else was singing a song about it. Second, true worship is not just words in a song, but a means of intimacy between me and God.
How many times have I just sung along and not really paid attention to what the words meant? And, more importantly, what my words were committing to God?
At the beginning of the year, I select a word that will guide me. It was something I read about a few years back. Words like trust, obey, and intentional have guided my actions and thoughts each year.
This year my word is surrender. It’s a word that’s been swirling in my soul for a number of years. And finally, this year, I feel like I’m able to truly submit my plans to the Lord.
Jesus gave us the perfect example of total surrender. His words in Mark 14 show that it wasn’t easy for him. He asked if he could avoid death, if it could pass from him. But, in the end, he chose to accept his Father’s will to be done in his life.
And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:35-36
Jesus accepted the plan God chose for him without all the kicking and screaming, pouting and complaining that we sometimes do. Can you imagine how pleased our heavenly Father would be with us if we trusted His plan for our lives? Even when, and maybe especially when it takes crazy, unplanned, and illogical twists and turns.
One of Merriam-Webster’s definitions for surrender is to give oneself up into the power of another — yield. That’s what we have to do when we are given a God-sized dream. A dream so big it is destined to fail without our utter surrender to the power of the whole Trinity and several legions of angels. When we embark on that kind of journey, we only make it by falling into the arms of the Savior daily, even moment by moment.
That is so incredibly scary to this control freak. But that is where I find myself, surrendering, falling without a safety net, swimming in the deep water without my floaters. But guaranteed to be safe in the arms of Jesus if I keep my eyes on Him.
What safety net is Jesus asking you to let go of? What Big Dream has He asked you to pursue? Will you surrender with me? It’s scary for sure, but I’m confident the rewards are worth it in the end.
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Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.
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