I have to admit, there are two “s” words we hear and often feel “some kind of way”. You know the two--submit and surrender. For various reasons, we’ve associated these words to have such a negative connotation, when they’re quite the opposite. As a single Queen who is hidden, I believe I first have to learn the art of surrendering to God before I understand the importance of truly submitting to a man. It’s the prerequisite to the course called covenant, if you will. In my best Sarah Jakes Roberts voice, “Ccchhhiiiiiiii”. That’s another blog for another day, mmkay? This just in.........Maybe we despise surrendering because we enjoy control?
Since walking away from Corporate America February 15, 2019 and putting all of both me and my daughters’ weight on the back of God, I’d like to say I’ve been in the sweet spot of surrender ever since. Some days, I want to do my own thing, ya know. I want to initiate whatever I wish, make my own moves, and create my own path to destiny. Perhaps a time or two I’ve prayed ASAP prayers instead of ALAT prayers (as long as it takes). Whew! I know I stepped on some toes right through in there. But then I’m reminded of the benefit package I obtained the moment I surrendered my life to Christ. Provision is there, protection is there, guidance is there, favor is there; and I can assure you God’s best is there. In all honesty, some days it’s not easy. But in true transparency, there are days I lay things at the feet of Jesus and feel the need to go back and “check on them” as if He isn’t capable of bringing the promises to pass. My actions suggest we aren’t in covenant and that He’s known to go back on His word. Again, another blog for another day.
Let’s take a look at this powerful excerpt from The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle.
To some people, surrender may have negative connotations, implying defeat, giving up, failing to rise to the challenges of life, becoming lethargic, and so on. True surrender, however, is something entirely different. It does not mean to passively put up with whatever situation you find yourself in and to do nothing about it. Nor does it mean to cease making plans or initiating positive action. Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life.
For me, I can’t afford not to surrender to the will of God. There’s way too much at stake. It’s the His plans for me. I don’t know about you, but I desire to be the Christian who trusts God in every area of my life and not just those most convenient. At the end of the day, I can trust He is for me and His character has proven countless times that He has my best interest at heart. So, in spite of this uncertain season we have found ourselves in as 2020 has matured, I still continue to give Him my YES. There is a sweetness there, and I want to see all that surrendering has to offer with my spiritual and natural eyes. What say ye?