A Season of Surrender
There’s a lot going on right now, a lot of words that can describe this season.
A season of fear.
A season of unknown.
A season of sickness.
A season of change.
A season of rest.
A season of social distancing.
A season of cancelations.
To sum it up this is a season of surrender.
Think about all the things you’ve had to surrender lately. Maybe it’s an event you were looking forward to, a friend you see every day, a trip you’ve been planning, a place you regularly visit. Maybe you’re usually not home around your family so often and it’s frustrating, uncomfortable or boring. Maybe you’re an extrovert who has to have their fill of people time, or an introvert that’s even reached their limit of isolation and is ready to go outside.
I’ve had friends who have canceled weddings, graduations, vacations and mission trips. Friends who got the coronavirus or know people who got it. Friends who are first responders, doctors or nurses, friends who are high risk and friends who are reckless.
Whatever situation you may be in, however this global pandemic is affecting you, I want you to try thinking of it as a season of surrender. The Bible talks continuously about how we need to surrender our will to God’s will. How being a Christian isn’t just a title, it’s a lifestyle that started with you dying to yourself, to your fleshly desires and to your ways, and trading them for Jesus’ perfect record.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” - Galatians 2:20
Whatever you’ve had to endure, had to change or had to give up, now is your chance to hand it to the Lord and trust him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” - Matthew 11:28
How amazing is it to have a foundation on which to rest your life, your soul and your heart??
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” - Psalm 9:10
“And call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” - Psalm 50:15
So after you’ve surrendered, now what? How do we view these days, this time and all the possibilities despite the limitations?
I recently had the privilege of interviewing my dear friend Addie, who wrote 2 chapters in my Bible study “Strength & Dignity.” She had a great word for the year and it was “enjoy me.” Before any of this crazy virus stuff started happening she felt this was a year God told her to just enjoy him. Sit in his presence, soak in his spirit and dwell in his name.
That’s one of the very best things you can do to steward this time! As you lift your arms in surrender, lift them also in worship. Read your Bible, pray on your knees, walk in his creation, and be filled with his peace.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” - 1 Peter 5:6-10
To listen to my interview with Addie, visit my podcast here!
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