In my early teen years I began to slowly discover what it means to surrender my life to the will of God. I was starting to understand that there was a greater plan out there for me than anything I had schemed. My relationship with God began at a very early age, but I really caught a grip of it in high school when I discovered what God was asking of me and stepped into it. I made the decision to pass on the post high school tradition of college in order to pursue God with my whole heart. I attended a one-year discipleship program per His instruction, and this was only the beginning. The decisions I was making went totally against the grain and expectations placed on me by people in my life, and I fully understood how someone could question the steps I was taking in life.
As if the act of skipping college didn’t shock enough people, the following year I made a decision to follow a pastor and his family to San Marcos, TX (1,000 miles from my home town) to serve as a volunteer on a church plant team. Each year I experienced a new twist that set me back even further from the milestones I was expected to have achieved already, but none of that mattered to me. I knew that I could only experience the fullness of God and life when I completely surrendered to God, both in thought and action. He has served as my provider, protector, and comforter through the most challenging years of my life. His undeniable attention to the details of my life has spoken volumes to my purpose and worth. The experiences I had with God were so prominent I had no other choice but to fully hand over my life. It has become the anthem of my life that I may never pursue comfort or shrink back from what God asks of me as I use every breath I breathe to truly bring honor and glory to Him.
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” Romans 12:1
So many times we hear of people making elaborate moves according to the call of God on their life, but it all starts when we surrender to Him every day. When we choose to wake up in surrender to His daily plan, we won’t ever miss His grand plan. If you have tasted and seen the full goodness of God, this act becomes easier and easier. The life that provides more unexpected turns is so fulfilling and one I would never dream of turning my back on. It definitely isn’t the easy life, but it will be a life to be proud of in the end, filled with more experiences than one ever thought imaginable.