This is one of my favorite pictures of my husband and my 4 year old daughter, Isabella. I absolutely love the way she is leaping into her daddy’s arms with a complete and total trust that he would not allow her to sink beneath the water. She isn’t holding anything back. She yelled out, “daddy, catch me!” and then ran full sprint and leaped toward him with no doubt in her mind that he would catch her. She in that moment was completely surrendered to him and his ability to keep her safe.
This is such a great example of how I long to live when it comes to following Jesus. Just like Isabella jumped toward Dan with reckless abandon, I want to trust God in that same way. I want to be so surrendered to Him and his plans that I don’t even have a second thought about taking the leap into whatever plan He has laid out for me. But surrender is hard. Really hard. Especially when we are being asked by God to do something that scares us or being led by God down a road that is unfamiliar or when we are faced with circumstances that we just plain don’t understand. Surrender means opening our hands that hold so tightly onto what we have and what we want and relinquishing that control into the hands of God. Surrender really boils down to trust. Do I really trust that God is for me? That He knows what’s best for me? In an honest moment, do I trust my life into the strong, faithful and loving hands of God? Do I believe that His promises are true and that His plans for me are for my good and His glory?
There have been countless times in my journey with the Lord that I have had to look at what was in front of me and I knew that I was at a crossroads. I could either shrink back in fear or I could choose to surrender to Him. There are times that I have gotten it wrong and held on too tightly to my own desires and plans. And there have been times that I have opened my hands in surrender to whatever God had for me. And I can honestly say that surrender is worth it every time. It may be scary and I may not always understand, but there has never been a moment of surrendering to Him that He has not been faithful and that I have not experienced a complete fullness of His peace, joyand hope. So by God’s grace and through His strength I will continue to trust in Him and choose surrender.