“Surrender” seems to be a recurring theme in my life these days.  

I surrendered my life to Christ when I was just a girl, but now, at the age of 45, He is tapping me on the shoulder and getting my attention in ways that are requiring a further surrender. I’m being called to surrender some things in my life that are functioning as “idols” to me and taking up room in my heart that belongs to God.  I’m being called upon to continually surrender my children to God’s care and keeping, since I can no longer (at least in good conscience!) micro-manage their lives.  I’m also receiving the message – loud and clear – that I’m to surrender to God’s call to minister in a way I’ve never ministered before. A call to the new and unknown.
You know, we humans really don’t like the idea of surrender.  We’re a self-sufficient people who take great pride in being able to “make it on our own”.  Surrender often feels like a sign of weakness; the way of the “pansy”.  To us, it’s the raising of the white flag and giving ourselves over in defeat.
In spite of all this, however, God is still calling me to it.  He’s asking me if I would dare to trust Him.  I read a quote this morning from Francois Fenelon, who was a French priest appointed by King Louis XIV to tutor his grandson, the future heir to the throne.  Here it is:
To want to serve God in some conditions, but not others, is to serve Him in your own way. But to put no limits on your submission to God is truly dying to yourself. This is how to worship God. Open yourself to God without measure. Let His life flow through you like a torrent. Fear nothing on the road you are walking. God will lead you by the hand. Let your love for Him cast out the fear you have for yourself.
So there it is: FEAR.  It’s scary to surrender because you are, in effect, giving up control.  And we don’t like that. At all. God may give us an inkling as to His plan, but oftentimes, He wants us to say “yes” to Him before we even really know what He’s got planned.  So, surrender God’s way is absolutely NOT the way of the “pansy”.  It takes courage to put down your own plans and your own control and say “I’m all yours”.  It is NOT laying down in defeat but opening yourself up to be used for great victory.
“Let your love for Him cast out the FEAR you have for yourself”. That will resonate with me today, because is that not a good definition of godly courage?
What are you being called to surrender today?  What victories could God possibly have waiting for you if you dare to say “yes”?  If God is really working on you in this area, I’d love to hear about it!