The Puddles of the Past
Surrender. The word itself gives us shivers of anxiety and anticipated regret. We are filled with the distinct impression of giving up, waving the white flag of submission to an enemy or opponent. Surrendering to a God is something else entirely.
James 4:10 AMP
“Humble yourselves [with an attitude of repentance and insignificance] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up, He will give you purpose].”
How we humble ourselves, surrendering ourselves to God, isn’t nearly as hard as it sounds. First things first, we have to realize that we are human, and we are not in control. That no matter how awesome and gifted and capable we are, we are not in control. In fact, we are rarely in control of much of anything. Once we realize that, we need to take the time to come to grips with that truth. When we decide to admit that we don’t have all the answers, that we aren’t always in control, that’s when we can let God help us ... then we need to stop. Stop thinking about what’s next and breathe. Stop thinking about what’s next and pray. How do we pray when we don’t know what we need? God already knows, and that’s the best part. Just tell God your story. He already knows the good, the bad and all the uglies, so don’t hesitate with the truth. Then tell Him that you are ready for Him to help you. Tell Him that you want to follow His lead. Tell Him that you are willing to let Him run the show and then let it all go. This is the hardest part. We have to stop dwelling on the past, the what if’s and all the maybes. We have to stop sitting in the puddles of the past and be ready to walk into something new. We have to stop trying to fix and instead face the future with anticipation, eyes open, looking for what God puts in our path. Listen for God’s direction; pay attention to those ‘little nudges’ and ‘that feeling’ that is telling us go this way or don’t go that way. Remember to find quiet time daily to just sit. Just sit and contemplate the feeling of breathing. Just sit and appreciate the beauty of the world. Just sit with Jesus, become aware of His presence, become aware of His love and find rest. Surrendering to God isn’t really that hard, we just have to take that first step; stepping out of the puddles of our past and into His purpose.