Sometimes, on our journeys of faith, we reach a juncture with jagged cliffs or steep drops. If our goal is to reach the other side, whichever side that is, we need to dive or leap. Either way, we need to let go and fully surrender ourselves and all which was, as we trust in God.
This kind of spiritual, transformational surrender is one of life’s greatest challenges. When we reach whatever our precipice is, it’s usually because something in life isn’t cooperating with us, and all our personal efforts have failed to create fulfilling change.
As we scan the horizon, we can remember: We have all the inner resources we need to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. These include our powers of intuition and discernment which help us determine how we want to live. They also allow us to surrender ourselves and our limited vision to God Vision, something more awesome than what we already see.
While surrender often is considered an admission of defeat, it can be a powerful, positive, life-affirming act. As Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla, former directors of Silent Unity suggest: When we surrender (also called letting go and letting God), we release our doubts and fears about outcome. We shift from stagnating in a problem and make way for growth and transformation to occur.
When we surrender, we remember: We can change ourselves and our beliefs. We also remember: We can’t change other people. And, especially, we can’t change God. Which means that no amount of bargaining, begging, crying, pleading or yelling will work. Neither will shopping lists of everything we want and everything we don’t.
No matter what our situation, we can remember: God is Unconditional Love, Ever-Abiding Grace and Infinite Compassion. God is not a short-order cook. Which means, sometimes, things happen in divine ways, not our ways. It also means that sometimes we believe we want our eggs sunny-side up, but they come scrambled.
That’s when we can choose whether we’ll fight for our way — or whether we’ll surrender to God’s. Because divine outcome occurs either way. And when we choose to surrender, life becomes much easier.
Furthermore, in surrender, we realize: Surrender isn’t quitting or sacrificing. And letting go doesn’t mean giving up. It means we cooperate with life — from a spiritual perspective. Rather than staying stuck, we trust in divine outcome, even if we don’t know what that is. We release our anxiety about results and stop forcing our will on things. We choose to shift our perspective and give the situation to God, remembering that God can only do for us what we allow God to do through us. Then, we discover the best answers, ideas, solutions, places and companions we need for our ultimate well-being.
Remember Blessed Reader: The choice is always ours. We can do it our way and stay stuck. Or we can surrender to God’s Way — and succeed.
© 2016 – Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks. All rights reserved.
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” Hebrews 11:1