As I was cleaning out my attic and basement this weekend, I thought about how peaceful order makes me feel. Why do I hold on to things that clutter my life? Since I opted to clean rather than write, I’m resurrecting a post on peace that I hope will help you enjoy the peace of an uncluttered heart.
I don’t think of myself as an idol worshiper, but an event forced me to reconsider. After a series of unpleasant twists and turns in the road of life, one morning I discovered that one of my favorite French chairs was coming apart. At the sight, I came unglued.
Like lancing an infected boil, all my fears and confusion spewed out. I was able to get down to business with the Lord. He cleaned out my infection by exposing some idols that had crept into my heart. He granted me the grace to say, “It all belongs to You. I don’t want to lose these things, but I surrender it all to You. I love You more than all these things.”
A simple prayer, but powerful. Deep peace followed my surrender and soothed my brokenness.
By nature I am a fighter and fixer of things I care about. If something is wrong, I want to jump in and make it right. In some circumstances that may be good, but sometimes it can turn into a power struggle with God. Sometimes God allows things I can’t fix to invade my world so that I remember that I don’t know best. I’m not in control. Pull out the white flag, “Lord, You are my captain, if this is Your will, I surrender. Your will is “good, acceptable, and perfect” (Romans 8:28).When I get to heaven and see life from God's perspective I'll be amazed at His wisdom. Click To Tweet
I know when I get to heaven I will be amazed at God’s wisdom. I won’t wish He had written my story differently when I am able to finally SEE life from His perspective.
Now, here is the best part. After you’ve surrendered everything, there is nothing left to worry about! Maybe that is why the widow in 1 Kings 17 was willing to give her last meal to the prophet Elijah. She had already accepted her and her son’s inevitable death.After you’ve surrendered everything to God, there is nothing left to worry about! Click To Tweet
How ironic. God used this woman’s last meal to sustain Elijah, the woman, and her son for the rest of a three and a half year famine. That is the surprise of brokenness and surrender. When we give God our all, we become channels of His resources. Because this woman gave her last bit of oil and flour to Elijah, the three of them were sustained until the famine ended.
For God to make our hearts like His, we must surrender all to Him. I’ve found that surrender must be renewed as new substitutes for God are exposed. With each renewal comes fresh peace.
What idol has God uncovered recently? Efficiency, security, family, health, feeling useful…? Why not offer them back to God and watch Him work?
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Debbie W. Wilson
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