These past few weeks we have become forcibly aware of our inability to control the world around us. The palpable results are an underlying sense of fear and anxiety.
But let’s take a moment to recognize the opportunties often only present in the midst of hardships.
The truth is times like these expose our foundations. The blocks we build our daily mode of opaeredum on. It shakes things up and brings our weak points to the surface. There is great blessing in times of revelation such as these. We have become awake to our daily rhythms because they have been painfully disrupted and what we are cognizant of we have power to change.
Times like these have become markers along my faith journey. It’s from the hardest most broken places I have found the strongest foundational blocks to keep building the days ahead on.
These uncertain days have exaggerated what was already there. An intricate fabric of fears woven amongst our daily behaviour. Our motives and driving forces are being revealed as our “normal” foundations are being tested. We often throw up prayers for change only to come face to face with the frustration of seemingly unanswered prayers. But what if the answers, the peace that we seek can only be found when we surrender control over the outcome. There is such peace in surrender. The key is there is no guarantee – there are plenty of “what ifs” that could knock our feet right out from under us every minute of every day. We have come to falsely believe we can construct a life free of hurt, free of pain or discomfort, free of tragedy, misunderstandings, sickness, disease, or loss.
There will be loss. There will be hurt. There will be pain, discomfort & tragedy. We can so easily waste a lifetime scrambling to stay in control. Pulling on any lever that gives us the illusion that we are the wizard standing behind the curtain.
Today my choice is surrender.
Surrender to the process.
Surrender to the lack of control over any one thing or circumstance other than me.
Surrender and make room for the idea that the only control I own today is control over how I respond.
I was not called to fix the world or rescue it. I was called to surrender and from the peace of surrender lead the world around me.
Sometimes it takes moments where we are completely out of control and losing our sanity to realize our only option is to surrender. Surrender to the lesson and opportunities to learn, grow and serve on this side of heaven.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.””
John 16:33 NLT