“Let go [of your concerns]! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth.” Psalm 46:5 (GWT)
There comes a peace beneath the roaring waves of the ocean of life when we simply let God be who He is, which is essentially who we need Him to be within the very essence of who He is. As denoted in the accompanying photo, the chaos doesn’t have to cease for you to have peace. The key is entering that dependable place of refuge in the eye of the storm. Just as a small child depends on, unwearyingly on its mind, and trusts its faithful and loving parent(s), we can trust God. There are very little thoughts on his or her mind on “how will we make ends meet”; “who will protect me”; “how will I get to my destination”, etc. Though they may be the worries of the parents, they’re usually not the worries of the child. You are the child of the Most High God. A God who knows everything and lacks for nothing in His infinite knowledge, wisdom, understanding and power. As children of tender human parents, we had no control of what may or may not change, or over its outcome, but yet, we trusted. Wouldn’t it feel splendid to get back there again? To go back to the delight of being joyful even if in the midst of happenings beyond your understanding? Believe you can because His Word says so. And, there’s not much to do except to lean into the serenity of surrendering into faith that if you let go and hand over your concerns to Him, He will move on your behalf no matter what the results of what you think may happen look like.
Letting go is not always easy, unless we hit rock bottom where our fingers loosens their grip due to pure exhaustion or urgency to grab onto something that takes precedence. There are a few ways, on the other hand, to prepare your mind to recognize and release concerns that weigh on your heart. The first is to…
Surrender into Change
Change in stages of life, change in your response to external pressures, change in status, etc. any one, and sometimes more, of these stirs up uneasy uncertainty. In the times that change is unexpected, you may want to cling to the comforts of where you are currently simply because you know the ins and outs of the routine in play. Your life is full of great new things placed in every stage of your future. It’d be dishonorable to God’s masterful work if you to allow the daily grind you succumb to, that only grinds you down, instead of builds you up, to keep you shying away from all in store for you. Though, fear is normal when facing new situations or surroundings, by the very nature of change, you must keep moving!
A full workshop can be given on embracing transitions and changes of life, but I’d like to touch upon two in this article. One is the fact that you’ll constantly be in a state of weeping when you don’t release the past to grasp your future. In Ezra 3:10-13, we see as the project of rebuilding God’s temple was underway, people who remembered how grand and opulent the former temple used to be, wept as the foundation of the new one was being laid. Their longing for what used to be stood in the way of what could be. Knowing what used to be, should not keep you looking backward, and stuck staring at its rubble and debris, wishing things were still as they were. You can rebuild and enter into the joy of getting back to living your life forward. Our Father has not run out of great ideas for you! Your latter days shall be greater than your former days, despite what it looks like!
Secondly, one of the definitions for change is “to put a fresh covering on”. There is no better covering than what Christ does for all of us! Just as changing clothes after a painful but yet fun paintball session, or a fall in rainy mud, you can have a new life going forward. Change recovers you after feeling like you’ve been uncovered and exposed as a result of mistakes, whether they’re your own or others’. The Blood of Jesus and the Love of God cleanses and covers all. You can start anew, trusting that God’s perfect love will head off fears as you move towards your change. Rest in the fact that any transition you are facing, God has allowed it to begin because He, who is perfect in all His ways, decided that the former stage of who you are has reached its completion, and it’s time to embark on new beginnings. You’ll soon see and begin to thank God for accepting you just as you were, but loving you enough NOT to leave you the same as He found you. Because as you begin to morph into what He originally created you to be, you’ll begin to recognize and walk in how much stronger, serene, and steadier you’ve become by simply surrendering into change. While, at the same time, understanding that, just as we cannot stop the world from turning, you cannot control the shifts of life. This is where it’s helpful to…
As mentioned in Ecclesiastes 3:1 AMP; “To EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven”. With God in the mix there’s a time to “lose control”. Not in the sense of getting outraged and overbearing, but in fact losing control to God by giving Him the reigns, or the driving wheel, will help you to gain control over the overwhelming burdening feeling that you’re losing control of your life. Holding tight to something or someone that is escaping you causes a wrestle. That wrestle… keeps you up at night as you chase and tackle thought after thought around the ring of your mind about what to do next. That wrestle… quakes your focus so much so that your necessary daily activities blur as you record your days with the video camera of your mind. That wrestle… trying anything and everything to solve an issue to keep it going in the direction YOU want it to go, keeps you rolling on the ground attempting to control things with a pin down. Leave the wrestling up to the pros! Though it may be a necessary battle, there is much more to life than that wrestle. For in Christ, even in the midst of a fight you can be assured that He’s fighting your battles for you. This is not to say relinquish every morsel of responsibility, but when you’ve done all you can within reason and within the bounds of integrity, lose control to God to gain control in yourself, trusting Him no matter what, and…
Surrender the Outcome
Once you’ve surrendered control, it’d be expected that you’ve also decided to surrender the outcome, being at peace with what happens with that which is outside of your control and ability to change. Being calm in the satisfaction that no outcome can block God’s plans for you, and no matter how negative an outcome may look, it will be used to propel you forward.
When facing new desired but uncharted endeavors, fear of the outcome can grip you into procrastination resulting in stagnation. Fear can cause you to avoid great opportunities simply because you will be too afraid of the weight of responsibility. Whether it is embarking on a road trip to a new destination across the country, a new career or job, or some drive to make an extraordinary stand for a Godly cause, fear of failure, and believe it or not, fear of success can keep you from flying into the future ordained for you.
Queen Esther was a young woman who, when was little, I imagine she most likely dreamt, as most little girls do, of being a princess; aiming for the sky but hesitating to reach for the stars. And though dreaming of being a princess, never actually thinking she’d ever see a palace up close, not only did she make it to a palace as queen, but she was placed in that position for a reason… to carry out God’s assignment. We don’t see Esther grow overly concerned of how she would perform in her new position as queen, but the evidence that is apparent is of her being torn between taking a step of faith that could spare her people or choosing to stay in the comfort zone of avoiding the responsibility. Esther had no idea how her involvement in this epic matter would affect the outcome. Yet, her response to conquering her anxiety over doing what she needed to do was to pray and surrender the outcome to God, and walk right into claiming blessings that overflowed onto many others.
As Numbers 23:19 also says, God is not a man that He should lie. And, therefore, when He says in Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand”, believe that no matter what it looks like, God’s promises never fail, and you can rest in the serenity of surrendering.
Prayer of Surrender
Thank You for Your faithfulness. Help me to overcome any unbelief that hinders me from trusting You. I come to you on this day seeking to let go of my concerns about [insert whatever’s weighing on your heart here]. Please supply me, Jehovah Jireh – God my Provider, with whatever I need to allow me to surrender control and all outcomes to You. Help me to rest in the safety of Your presence so I may lay my head down in peace and sleep at night. I glorify Your power and unlimited knowledge over my life and all situations I face. May all praise and honor be Yours, Lord.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.