A Blank Canvas

There are times in our lives that leave us asking…

“Why?”

We’re completely and utterly stunned that this could happen to us.

“Why?…”

The plans and effort and hard work we put into the various areas of our lives should ensure that we get what we want, right?

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart,” it says in Psalm 37 verse four.

And to that you say, “This. This is what I want, God! I’ve been praying for this. I’ve done everything for this. So why didn’t this work out?”

It’s a hard place to be…

Heartbroken, confused, frustrated, maybe even angry.

But what if there’s more?

What I can find myself so guilty of in my life is holding onto is this plan that I have set forth for my life. So much so that I forget about this little thing called…

Surrender.

John 12:24-25 says, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”

Although I have heard this verse in sermons from time to time, the true weight of this verse really had not hit me until now.

I had the plan. I was in control (or so I thought) and the plan was ripped from my fist where it was held.

And maybe this has happened a time or two to you…

That you thought this was is!

I’ve got this!… And then you realize you missed the whole point.

As I have been reading Jennie Allen’s new devotional, “Made for This,” I came across a chapter on surrender. This chapter included a quote from Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ (now known as Cru), “Until you surrender, there is no vision.” And Proverbs 29 verse 18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

From this, I begin the journey…

A steadfast surrender.

A journey to giving my life, opening my clenched hands, and handing this over to the One who created life itself.

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