Wow, I can’t believe it is December already. I am actually gearing up to finish another semester of college and also take a blogging break for the month of December, so this will be my last blog post of the year. Every year I get to take some time off during the month of December in order to recharge, rest, and spend some time with God. I don’t know about you, but when I am not praying, journaling, and reading my Bible every day I am often reminded of just how broken life can be sometimes.
The fact is we all struggle with something in our life, and I am thankful that God has been shining His light on the truth of what I am struggling with so that I can be self-aware in that area of my life; and so I can surrender that area of my life over to Him.
I have been thinking a lot about surrender lately and how it truly creates freedom in us to be able to live our life to the fullest. One of my favorite scriptures is Mathew 11:30 when Jesus says that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. In Proverbs 10:22 it also says, “Yahweh’s blessing brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.” For me, I am at a point in my life where if I am feeling troubled by God’s blessings, or if I am taking on a responsibility that seems too heavy, then maybe it’s time to surrender that burden over to The Lord. This process has not been easy to do because I like to be in control.
I actually had a dream recently that I was getting ready to fly in an airplane.
If you know me then you know I hate flying. I hate flying. I hate flying. I hate flying. Did I mention that I hate flying? Well, in this dream I was getting ready to fly, and nothing speaks surrender to me more than getting into an airplane that someone else is piloting, and flying through the air where my feet are not touching the ground.
In this dream I was sitting on the plane getting ready for take off, and I was thinking about all the other ways I could get to my destination without having to fly in an airplane. I thought to myself that we always usually drive everywhere we go (because I hate flying) and we could just drive there; however, there was a sense in me that driving there isn’t the safest way to get there and neither is it the easiest way to get to our destination.
But the fact is, the hardest part about flying in a airplane is getting on the plane and staying there through take off; once the plane takes off all we need to do is soar through the sky until we get to our destination. For me, the scariest part is letting go enough to get off the ground, after that I know there is no other option for me but to sit back and trust that our pilot will get us to our destination safely.
Isn’t that how we do life sometimes? The surrendering is truly the hardest part, it is where we make the choice to place ourselves under the yoke of Jesus and trust Him to take us to our destination safely. But once we make that choice, and we finally surrender to Jesus’ way of getting to our destination, that is when we finally are able to soar through life.
In 2017 my word of the year was grace, and I feel like God has revealed to me areas where I need to allow His grace into my heart, my life, and my mind. This takes surrender on my part, and I need to let go of what I feel I deserve in this life, and what I feel other people deserve, too. Sometimes with grace the hardest part of allowing it to be a truth in your heart is realizing you don’t deserve it. Yet, realizing you don’t deserve God’s grace and all the gifts He has given you is what makes grace, well, GRACE!
One of the greatest blessings from grace is that we get to soar through life with Jesus being the pilot. We get to live under His light burden and easy yoke. What a blessing it is to live a life under His grace!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.
No matter what Christmas was for us in the past, it seems like every year it has the opportunity, and the possibility, to be something completely different and brand new. That’s what Jesus brought with Him as He was born into this world; He brought with Him a clean slate, a fresh start, and something brand new to our lives and to our faith.
Today I invite you to come and take this imperfect advent journey with me to discover the beauty of the good and perfect gifts God has given us through His Son Jesus. Let us journey together to discover what those gifts are, how we can receive those gifts, and most importantly the importance of being a good steward of those gifts.