Dare to Surrender:: Abiding in Christ {Day 24}

Spiritual Disciplines (2)

This week has not gone as planned.

Of course, there were unexpected twists and turns in our story, but even beyond that, I hadn’t expected the sheer exhaustion or the sense of defeat to be my constant companions, even as I tidied the kitchen for the umpteenth time and collected magnets as they lay scattered across the floor.

Instead of victorious and confident I felt broken and defeated.

And in the midst of it all, I just wanted to give up.

Ever felt that way? Like you have nowhere else to turn and there’s no point in even trying?

Don’t give up.

Don’t you dare give up. …But dare to surrender.

God makes masterpieces out of broken pieces. He crafts beautiful art out of damaged hearts.

You need only to surrender. This too, is a discipline.

Give God what you have, though it may not be much, perhaps not the pretty gift with the bow tied just right. But wherever you are, in whatever place you find yourself today, surrender yourself to God.

Give Him the pieces of your life, and stand by with baited breath to watch as He transforms what is broken into what is beautiful.

He, the master Creator, who spoke the world into existence and formed wondrous humankind out of dust, He is the very One who stands by you, waiting, watching, willing you to give yourself to Him, so that He may have His way in you.

No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, today is always the beginning.

So start today. Dare to surrender. And then watch in awe as God does things you never thought possible.

No eye has seen,
    no ear has heard,
no mind can comprehend
    what God has prepared for those who love him.
~ 1 Corinthians 2:9

no eye has seen

Day 24 Challenge: Are you holding anything back from God? Your dreams? Your future? Your past? Your brokenness? Today, open wide your heart and invite God to take all of you. Surrender yourself to Him, and celebrate the masterpiece as it before you and within you.

Father, this is a raw place for me right now. I want to be picture-perfect, but I’m not. I need You. I need grace. More today than yesterday. And I guess that’s a good thing because it means You’re weaning me from my own self-sufficiency and self-righteousness and pointing me to You. I need You. I surrender all I am, all I have, and all I ever hope to be. It’s Yours. Do with it as You will. And I’ll praise You when I see Your wondrous works! 

This is the 24th post in the series, “Abiding in Christ–when reading the Bible isn’t an option.” Check out all the posts here.

Linked up with Kate, Julie, Susannah, and Mel.