As soon as I would wake up. As I walked around my house. As I walked the halls, offices and rooms at work. At my desk. On my morning runs. The same song. “All to thee my blessed Savior…” And then again, the next day. And, again. “All to Him I freely give…” And then in the car. Out loud. Humming to myself: “Humbly at his feet I bow…” And then during a church service. “May Thy Holy Spirit fill me…”
This was within a matter of a week. And it wouldn’t let up.
I. Surrender. All.
Over and over.
If there was a God wink, I received it tenfold.
Had I not been doing this?
Something this powerful – this same message over and again – caused me to reconsider my prayer life. My turnover. Have I not been turning over my fear, concerns, desires to God?
Had I not been surrendering? Had I reached another period in my life where I felt I had control? Had I forgotten that I can only do things through Christ? Certainly not.
But that song… “All to Jesus, I surrender… All to Him I freely give”
Surrendering to God is a daily choice. I remember the first time I let that soak in, understanding fully the implications of what it means: giving up control. Giving up the power you feel you have to guide your life.
Once in a while seems manageable, yes? But every day? I Surrender All every single day? Sunday through Saturday? Not just on church days? Not just when we need something in return? Not just when we remember to pray?
But, all the time?
I surrender…I will trust your plan for my life. Matthew 6:31-34
How can we remember this in our daily walk?
Romans 8:28 – and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Hebrews 13:5 – Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Matthew 6:30 – If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
Matthew 6:34 – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I know there are moments in all our lives where we hit a blockade, and have to remember to stop and pray, breathe, settle down, talk to God. And then surrender. My moments usually end in apologies.
Apologies that I don’t remember time and again what I should be doing all along. That I try to venture out into the world and my daily life without Him leading my steps. My current steps, and my next steps.
And in doing so, in surrendering, I always feel a sense of calm. There are days I forget to ask God to guide me in my attitude, my thoughts, and in my patience and focus. And it shows.
It shows in how I speak. It shows in my daily walk. In how I approach difficult situations. And I get to an eventual moment of release, of complete surrender, and say, “Take it all. I won’t resist.”
I surrender all.
We’re human. We’re going to want to maintain all control. It’s embedded in us. We want to feel we can do it all, have it all.
But when we turn over to God, when we surrender, we change on the inside. And we allow Him to take care of us in every way.
It’s that difficult. It’s that simple.