November 18, 2016

Surrender

"You probably know what you have been afraid to entrust to God. When we surrender our fear, we are offering it to Jesus. We are saying, 'This fear is too much fear for me to bear. I give it to you because I believe you are good and worthy of my trust.' When we actively, by faith, lay down our fears at the feet of Jesus, we pick up his love in return. It is an uneven trade, a heavenly exchange...

Laying down what we want to protect or are afraid of losing or are terrified we will never have is not the same thing as losing those things. It is surrendering them. It is opening up our clenched hand around them and allowing God access to them and to us. It is actually saying yes to God for them. Yes to his plan. Yes to his way. It is believing that just as his ways are higher than the heavens are above the earth, so his way for the things we fear for is higher. This God of ours is a God of life, of goodness. He is the God of the Resurrection. We lay down our fear. We pick up Jesus. He is the only way we can live beyond fear. He is the Way."

- Stasi Eldredge, Becoming Myself

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