Gaining everything

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 awhile, 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 started 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 the 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 He becomes. His faithfulness is fully visible.  Discovering Him on this road has been the most beautiful part of the  journey. I love getting to know more of Him the longer we travel together.   I can’t imagine traveling this highway without Him.

4 thoughts on “Gaining everything

  1. Pamela

    I love that: "the first word…is gain." Wow…never thought about that before but you are so right. We gain so much from surrender. I'll be pondering on this one throughout my day.

    Hope you get home safely.

  2. Lisa

    What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and yet lose his soul? Nothing on earth is a peaceful as living a life of total surrender to God. Gotta work on that daily.

  3. Kelli

    I love this "everyday is a new day to trust hIm." It's amazing how surrendering can provide so much peace. Great post!! Gorgeous photo!

  4. frogsview

    Good thoughts, Eileen!
    It seems to me we have a fundamental decision to make – who will be Lord in my life? Jesus or me? If He is the Lord, then that makes me the disciple. If I am a disciple then hopefully I am seeking to do His will rather than my own. This is a daily process of laying down our own wills, and seeking to do His!


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