Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,
My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness. 2 Corinthians 12: 7-9
Surrender can be a bitter pill to swallow. Many of us go to a place of surrender to God only after life’s circumstance throws a huge obstacle in our path we can’t climb over, go around, dig under or push through. We finally say, “That’s it! I give up! You take it God.” And then we stand back, hands on hips, catching our breath while we wait for God to vaporize it. And we wait, and wait, and wait. A few seconds stretch into minutes. We look each way, then crane our heads to the sky. Impatience begins to creep up from our feet, which are itching to get back on the path. The minutes continue on, but the obstacle is still in the path. “Did you hear me?” we call to the sky? “Hello!” “Hello!?” “Hello?” Minutes stretch into hours, which bleed away the day. Darkness falls and we find ourselves asking, “God, where are you?” Days pass into weeks, months, even years. We’ve gone from a pup tent to pouring a foundation to a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house. And still, we wait, surrendering again, and again with each new day.
The reality of surrender is that sometimes, God calls us to abide in it. As Paul states in the above passage, these seasons of our lives living amidst obstacles we cannot budge are opportunities for God to demonstrate his power. But sometimes, the power he is demonstrating to us is his power to provide and care for us in the midst of our darkest hours. And we learn the lesson that surrender is not a one time thing, but something we must do over and over with the dawn of each new day. Abiding in surrender.
But don’t think for a moment that God is being mean, choosing to ignore a very real problem for the sake of disciplining his pig-headed children. While we are learning to abide in surrender, God is working on the other side of that obstacle building a better rode, toll-free, for us to travel. He’s straightening out the curves, adding extra lanes, re-paving and re-painting. He’s adding new road signs to help guide our path and creating new exits for us to take. God is working while we’re abiding. Make no mistake about it, God can and will vaporize that obstacle blocking our path, but not before the road, and we, are ready!
Blessings and Peace,