I Surrender All

by Michelle Welch

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”  (emphasis mine)
Romans 8:28 (NLT)

20130804_02aIn our women’s bible study group we are doing Beth Moore’s Daniel. In a recent section of homework, Beth pointed out that, “Trusting someone else’s relationship with God to the degree that you’d receive a vital message through him is challenging.” I wrestled with this for quite a while this morning. For a control freak like me, that is a difficult concept. Even though I am surrounded by prayer warrior sisters and friends, I still expect to receive the answer to the question I bring before God. How humbling it was for me to come to the realization that my Abba does things according to His purpose and not mine. It’s not like I don’t know that. It’s not like I haven’t been taught that since I was a young girl. It’s just so easy to forget or gloss over.

20140327_02aI don’t understand why my Abba has changed the path of our life. Sweetheart and I had made some seriously grandiose plans. We had mapped out our future and moved forward with confidence. What we didn’t move forward with was our Abba’s blessing. We didn’t ask Him what He had in mind and what His purpose was for us. I asked my prayer warriors to pray for me and for the changes that have come into our life. The response was overwhelming, and the prayers covered my spirit and calmed my heart. I didn’t ask my Abba what He had on His mind. I decided it would be a quick fix—I would take care of everything, and soon life would get back to normal. Or our normal anyway. I made all the decisions, I decided the path, and I took off running. I didn’t listen to the voices of my prayer sisters or the answers they received. I had asked them to go to God on my behalf, yet I selfishly didn’t even consider that one of them would receive the answer for me. After all, I am the mom. Super mom. Super wife. Super Christian.

20140327_03aWhat did I learn from these misguided notions? His purpose is greater than my problems.

Twice this last week I read about a song in two different places completely unrelated to each other. I brushed it off as some beautiful words written for someone in need. Isn’t it silly how God puts things right in our path over and over again, yet we constantly step over them to browse the rack for something we like better? Then I went to church and guess what the “new” song was?  Yep. This time I couldn’t ignore it, and I finally found the answer my Abba had been shouting at me. (He’s been quite loud lately in my life lessons.)

All to Jesus I surrender
All to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him
In His presence daily live

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Jesus I surrender
I surrender all

All to Jesus I surrender
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine
Let me feel Your Holy Spirit
Truly know that Thou art mine

All to Jesus I surrender
Lord I give myself to Thee
Fill me with Thy love and power
Let Thy blessings fall on me

So sisters, I am forever in your debt. You pray for me and with me, and you give me strength. Your prayers surround me and teach me. I am blessed because He chooses to answer my prayers through such beautiful women. I pray that I may be equally as valiant on your behalf. I know He hasn’t quit answering my prayers directly. He is just working to teach me to be more understanding of the need to surrender all to Him.

My Abba has chosen to change my life yet again. I have learned a very distinct lesson this time. God didn’t promise me a good life, but He promised that good things would come from His purpose for me. He promised that all my struggles and joys and heartaches and breakthroughs would be for my good. And I am okay with that.

© 2014 Breath Of Life Womens Miinistries by Michelle Welch; © Song “All to Jesus I Surrender” 1999 by Don Wigton; © Original Song “All to Jesus I Surrender”: Words by Judson W. Van DeVenter 1896, Music by Winfield S. Weeden 1896; scripture taken from the NLT Bible. Photography curtesy of Michelle Welch. All rights reserved. Music sheet image from Pinterest.

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