I’m still thinking about surrender. As I contemplated the subject this week, the Lord brought these words to mind: “sweet surrender.”
That’s what God desires from me. He doesn’t rejoice when I obey through gritted teeth. What He longs for from me is a sweetness in submitting to Him. And sweetness is also what’s on the other side of this kind of surrender.
How often I have experienced that. After fretting and fearing and frantically trying to work things out in a difficult circumstance, God has gently whispered to me to let go. His voice has been so tender that it melted my heart. Surrendering seemed easy and a welcome relief. And the end result was sweet.
How sweet? Just think of a time when you craved a certain kind of special chocolate you had not had in a long time–either because it wasn’t available or you decided to give up sugary foods for awhile. When you took that first bite of chocolate, it tasted so sweet.
How much sweeter it is to be reconnected to the Father as a result of surrender. Chocolate brings a certain pleasure to the taste buds, but surrender to God brings a wave of joy to the soul.
At those moments I have wondered, “Why did I wait so long?”
Once I am in that place of humble, eager surrender to God, I feel a closeness to Him that is difficult to describe. Although He is invisible, it’s as if I am wrapped up in His arms and I sense a look of pleasure on His face.
Psalm 17:15 describes this:
As for me, I will continue beholding Your face in righteousness (rightness, justice, and right standing with You); I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake [to find myself] beholding Your form [and having sweet communion with You].
I’m realizing that the sense of “This is so sweet,” is not just on my side. That’s how God feels when I surrender to Him with the trusting abandon of a little child.
Oh Lord, how I long to be fully surrendered to You. Please break down my resistance. Continue to work in my heart to bring me to and keep me in that place of sweet surrender.
Can you join me in that prayer?