Okay, I’m about to let you in on a little secret…I, Trish Davis, LOVE to have structure, order and dare I say it, control. I’m the type of person who loves to plan and prepare and then rehearse what was just planned. While it is good to have a plan in place and structure established, we need to be flexible with the change of plans and the change of seasons.
The other day during our worship service at church, I was compelled to simply rest in God’s presence. As women especially, our nature is to nurture and our goal is to make sure everyone is taken care of and ensure that all details of our day go according to the plan we’ve carefully formulated.
However, in case you’ve not noticed, God’s ways our not our ways and His thoughts aren’t ours. This is why we need to align ourselves with His Word daily and be open to move quickly and in sync with His desires. While it is true that He longs to give us the desires of our heart, He also longs for us to seek His face and to inquire of Him for the plan He has for us.
When we learn to relinquish control we find strength in sweet surrender. I love the story of when the disciples are on the boat with Jesus who was sleeping during a storm. Frantically, the disciples awaken the Savior as if to suggest their safety was threatened and He could care less as He slept. Jesus knew a secret, that no matter the storm, you can find peace and rest while in the midst of it. We only need to surrender our fear, doubt and worry.
What about Mary and Martha when Jesus was visiting their home? Martha was working feverishly in the kitchen while Mary knew how to surrender her time and daily planner to pay attention to what was needed in that moment, communion with Jesus.
Maybe life has dealt you a hand that you weren’t anticipating, or perhaps your “schedule” has been interrupted by unexpected events and you find yourself trying to adapt to a new normal. Hold fast to your faith, but surrender your will. The ultimate example of this is Jesus Himself. He was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime, to save mankind and restore humanity to relationship with the Father. This sacrifice would require everything He had, His very life. Jesus was faced with a battle of His flesh vs. the will of God. Stricken with stress unlike anything we will ever know, His body began to sweat blood and in His struggle, He surrendered by stating, “Nevertheless, not my will but Your will be done.”
I encourage you ladies to continue to be women of excellence and plan accordingly, yet be flexible, throughout your day with any changes God allows to enter your path. His plans for you are perfect and you can trust Him. Embrace the perfect will He has for your life and rest in sweet surrender.
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