Weekly Reflections

Surrender Works Best

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we begin each day with the idea of knowing our powerlessness, than indeed every day can be the best day of the year. Simply by affirming that God is in charge of our lives we can surrender our hidden agendas and move into the flow of our daily lives.

When we think about the flow of life, we may imagine a river fluidly taking its course. Surely, we will have days where things seem to flow smoothly. However, the flow of life can also be quite tumultuous some days. It may help to remember that far beneath the surface tumult is a calm place of peace.

Surrendering our will, and letting our lives be guided by God can quiet the tumult. Surrender requires prayer, focus, perseverance, and grace. Surrender does not mean giving up, or doing nothing; on the contrary, it means we become engaged with our Creator. We are listening and responding to the direction we are receiving from within. That flow comes directly from the Holy Spirit. We are led toward what is right for us. Sometimes the flow requires our patience, sometimes action, sometimes sacrifice, other times gratitude.

Going with the flow means that we are no longer fighting our circumstances, but accepting them for what they are, our teachers. Direct all your requests, gratitude, frustrations, and praise deep within, knowing that God exists in that quiet and tranquil place. It is then that you will experience the joy of powerlessness and be open to receiving whatever it is God wants to give you to move through your day.

It is our Lord who said, “ My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

Today, let us recognize in all things the difference between the Creator and the created.

  • Paul Rossi

    How amazing is the word “tumult”? This is the first time I have heard that word and I absolutely love it. At the end of reading this message the thought that kept going through my mind was how the majority of the tumult in my life was induced by my own actions. I went back and reread the message without putting so much emphasis on the word tumult. This time when reading the word tumult I didn’t playback all the awful, nasty, disrespectful things I had done in my past. Rather my focus found “go with the flow”, what saved me from the uncontrollable tumult inside that I had been attempting to control for years.

    I stopped fighting my circumstances, started being honest with myself and became accountable for EVERY decision I made past, present and future. When I finally surrendered myself I was naturally “…led toward what was right for (me).” Everyday I wake up, I do the right thing and then I continue by doing the next right thing, one right thing after another while my power is continually made perfect.

    January 7, 2018
    • kathy irr

      Beautiful insight. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. God is continually working in your life, calling you to become the person he intends you to be. We can all learn from our past without dragging it into our present. Stay vigilant and aware of God’s will for YOU. Love and prayers always.

      January 7, 2018