We had nineteen baptisms this past weekend and celebrated new beginnings and transformed lives. The act of surrendering the “old” life for a “new life” is seen as the individual is immersed under water. There’s profound symbolism of surrender, demonstrating the stuff of the past is left under the watery grave, declaring the new has come as the individual comes up and out of the water. Resurrection and new life is represented in the sacrament of baptism.
The nineteen individuals committed to live with passion and purpose, to do what matters, to surrender it all, refusing to settle for less than what God has planned. But. Settling happens. The thing is . . . settling occurs when we let the stuff pile up . . . when we feel overwhelmed and burdened by it. I’m not saying it’s easy to surrender some of the stuff that comes our way, especially the unfair–difficult–how can this happen to me- stuff; however, we have the choice to let it all manage our life, settling for something different than what God planned.
Surrender changes the way life goes:
. . . In all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Surrender can’t be almost. It’s clear: “IN ALL YOUR WAYS SUBMIT.”
When you get down to it, surrender is non-negotiable, if, we are committed to not settling.
So. How do we surrender “all” when there’s so much to life?
One of the most important aspects of surrender is taking the time to be quiet, seeking the presence of God. I’ve posted the reminder on the wall of our main room: Be STILL and KNOW that I AM God (Psalm 46:10).
Surrender is a vital component of trust . . . stepping into the unknown of every moment looking only to God . . . remembering all God has done . . . focusing on all God plans to do . . . believing God is with and for you, not far away or against you, with the perspective that none can compare to God. Surrendering is living out the belief God will make a way, even when there seems to be no way. And. Perhaps the most important part of it all . . . surrendering it all . . . is removing something that has resided in the our life, occupying the space God belongs in our life.
It all comes down to the transforming moment when we take a stand, refusing to settle, believing there’s power in surrendering it all, intentionally putting it all in the grave. Then. We receive the in-filling presence of the Spirit in the spaces where stress, worries, bitterness, habits, hurts, and other stuff resided, freed to live the way God has planned.
- Take a stand.
- Reject settling for what does not belong.
- Become quiet, seek God, and surrender: “I surrender this thought . . . this word . . . this habit . . . this attitude . . . this action. I surrender all to God.”
- Celebrate the freedom and fullness of life God has planned.
Learning to Kickstart the day, refusing to settle, surrendering it all.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)