The View from My Window: Surrender
It’s mid-June, and here at Kingdom Air Corps, summer is in full swing. Staff and students are flying, studying, fixing, cooking, cleaning, mowing, and doing hundreds of other things nearly around the clock as we seek to accomplish all that God has put before us in this season. It is busy, and it can be stressful. The days are long and full, and the list of things to do seems endless.
Personally, I’m finding it’s nearly impossible to get to everything I see on my own list, and it makes me feel weary, discouraged, and overwhelmed. My heart cries, “There’s no way I can get all of this done.”
But in the midst of all the noise, if I quiet my heart, I can hear God speaking to me. I can hear Him asking me to learn something here.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)
I can see that God is asking me to hand Him the yoke I have made for myself: the one that is stressing me out with such a long list of to-do’s, and so little time. I can see that He is asking me to wear, instead, the yoke He has created for me. It is not burdensome; my Jesus is gentle and humble in heart, and to me that says peace. Rest for my soul.
God is teaching me to pray that He will override my plans with His, and that I will remain cheerful as this takes place. Cheerfully giving up the plans I make, and submitting to the plans my Heavenly Father makes for me. Yes, I am a planner, a list-maker, and an organizer. I love to talk ‘logistics’. I love the feeling of accomplishing things every day, particularly things that I see as important. But in reality, I can’t see the big picture, and my idea of what must be done, of what is important, is incomplete.
God is omniscient. He sees all, and He knows all. Who better to surrender my plans to than Him?
“Somehow or other, the peace of God descends upon us when we take things calmly, peacefully, and humbly as the next thing God has assigned us to do.” - Elisabeth Elliot