“Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us… While what we call ‘our own life’ remains agreeable, we will not surrender it to Him.”
– C. S. Lewis
Who were you before the world told you who you should be? Do you remember yourself when you were fearless, when you were following a dream that you knew was your special mission?
Do you remember how it felt following that dream, when grownups smiled at you in disbelief and you smiled right back, feeling sorry for them because they obviously didn’t get it anymore? This is the Gift of Surrender.
We spend our whole life searching for the way back to “God’s will” for our life. We search for that Gift of Surrender: that which would liberate us and heal us from fear; that which would make every minute of our lives a blessing.
We still find glimpses of it in the tiniest moments—like in our lover’s kiss when we are willing to build a future together, or when we’re holding our newborn baby in our arms, not really knowing what lies ahead, or when we are faced with a challenge and we exhaust all our “reasonable” options. “God, it’s your turn now,” I say so many times.
When we do surrender, courageously listening to the voice deep within our soul, while rejecting other people’s definitions or expectations of us, we are amazed at the doors that open and the paths that appear before us.