“This skin and bones is a rental”
–Where I belong, Switchfoot
There have been many conversations I’ve had with a dear friend who would remind me that what we hold so closely is out of our hands. She would sometimes do this by physically opening her hands towards the sky, mid-conversation, symbolizing that some of life’s biggest issues and worries can’t be solved by human might. Perhaps you’ve also walked away from a situation in defeated surrender, hands held high, wondering how the problem will figure itself out. The gesture my friend displays is the physical act of saying to God, “you know better than me.” Acknowledging that He knows beginning and end, past, present, and future. That when all is said and done there are events, people or things that need to be left with God. It is a freeing feeling knowing our loads are being taken, our trials being dealt with. Yet, a challenge as we feel the deep ownership over our schedules, friends, children, spouses, outcomes etc. All must be brought back to God, who has created these things, who has gifted us these things, even our time on earth and bodies.
“Exchange your overthinking for overwhelming peace that says, ‘I can be okay without knowing everything.’”
–Morgan Harper Nichols
Our prayers are a form of surrender. Open palms symbolize grace and thanks, yet they also show our humanness, and faith in God. When we don’t understand or comprehend life, we find hope in God with us.
All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).
–Isaiah 7:14 NLT
God is with us, He is our Prince of Peace, and Everlasting Father. As we continue through the unmet expectations of this year, let us sink into the hope of holding our hands high in surrender, in thanks and in expectation of what God will do as we let go.
“We cannot micromanage God, but we can trust Him. We can count on His sovereignty, especially when we don’t completely understand. We can abandon our thrones and trust the King of all kings to be a worthy one. And, we can yield to His guidance, knowing He only leads us in the right direction.”
“Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to GOD! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor GOD with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent GOD’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that GOD corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.”
–Proverbs 3:5-12 MSG