Merry Christmas Eve Eve

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

This will be my last post until January 1, 2012.  Since Wednesday, I’ve been recapping some highlights of 2011.  Last night, I had some fun picking this post out to share today.  I cut up 12 little pieces of paper, numbered them 1-12 and put them in a bag.  Then I cut up 31 little pieces of paper, numbered them 1-31 and put them in a separate bag.  I pulled a 5 out of the first bag.  I pulled a 30 out of the second bag.  5/30.

So today, I will share with you the post I wrote on May 30, 2011!  I hope you all have a beautiful, peaceful Christmas.

Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. Luke 2:14


Gaining Everything
originally posted 5/30/11

I am writing this post in the passenger’s seat of my car. My husband is driving and our “children” are in the backseat, one energetic son and one hairy(somewhat funky smelling) four-legged pooch. We are making our way across the state of South Carolina on Interstate 20. We are heading home. As much as I love getting away for a while, I love the feeling of coming home too.

I’ve been sitting here looking at the seemingly endless stretch of highway in front of us and thinking about the idea of surrender. When I think of surrender, I never think of it in terms of losing something. It never brings to mind any of the negative ideas some might associate with the word, things like defeat, hopelessness, giving up and failure. Those terms rarely cross my mind. Instead, when I think about the concept of surrender, the first word that pops into my mind is gain.

The word surrender reminds me of all the things I’ve gained.

Sometimes that point of surrender has been achieved only after much resistance on my part. I’ve thrown many tantrums in my life prior to making the choice to do so. With each new day and each new circumstance, surrender is one of those things I’ve had to learn over and over and over again. It’s an ongoing process.

Wouldn’t it be nice if surrendering worked like a toddler learning to walk?  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could learn the concept once and then off we go…never needing a remedial lesson.  But surrender is different. If we don’t remind ourselves everyday of the need to surrender we often forget how crucial that first step is in our daily walk with the Lord.

If we choose to surrender, we walk by His strength through life. If we choose not to surrender, we settle for crawling. Who wants to crawl when they know that walking is possible?

Surrender is a choice that the Lord desires us to make everyday. And, it is a choice we are called to make every day until the day when this road leads us back to His doorstep and we finally arrive home. Surrender has brought unbelievable peace and freedom to my life. I’ve never regretted the times in my life when I’ve had to make the decision (again) to surrender completely and trust my past, present and future to an unseen God.

Everyday is an opportunity to trust Him.

I can only see the highway right in front of me. He sees the whole thing. He sees around each corner. He sees beyond the horizon. Nothing surprises Him. He sees every single challenge I will face and knows the perfect way to navigate me over any rough road ahead.

The more often I choose to trust Him with the decisions in my life , the more visible  His faithfulness becomes.  The most beautiful part of the journey has been discovering Him on the road.  I can’t imagine traveling this highway without Him.

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