Sunday, October 2, 2016

Day 2: Choose Surrender…Not my will but what you will

In the book Purpose Driven Life, it is explained that “the ultimate example of surrender is Jesus. The night before His crucifixion Jesus surrendered himself to God's plan. He prayed,” "Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet, not my will but what you will.” Mark 14:36
As I reflect on Sara’s writings in her book, Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts, she talks to us about her belief and trust that if God had intentions for her life, then her life here on earth was not random. She was not here to fulfill what she wanted. She was here to fulfill the life God had planned for her.
Sara was no different than you and I. She preferred her life to be different, but she also knew that this life was not about what she wanted. Just as Jesus said when He surrendered to His Father, Sara also said to her heavenly father, “not my will but what you will.”
Sara was in pain, she was sick and confined to the four walls of her home. Yet Sara chose to surrender to the will of God. She trusted Him.
One of Sara’s life goals was “to be aware and present in every moment.” Every moment included those moments when God was talking to her. The moment’s He intended for her to act.
Sara’s joy came from knowing that as long as she was here on this earth, God had a job for her to complete. She had a purpose and God trusted that she would fulfill what He intended. He in turn promised He would never let her fall.

What in your life do you need to surrender to God? To say to God, “not what I will, but what you will.” 
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