Waves of Surrender

“The enemy knows that without surrender, we will never experience the freedom that God offers us.”

Katherine J. Walden

I almost ran up to the altar call at my one hundred-year-old mentor’s memorial service. Germaine loved to intercede and release God’s spiritual gifts to those she met, so it was fitting the remembrance and honor of her life included an opportunity to receive prayer. I don’t remember the words prayed over me, but I do remember falling back onto the floor. I lied there and wept, surrendering myself once again to our upcoming move to Wichita. I had grieved and surrendered for six months and wondered how many more times I would need to relinquish my will, to get to the place of acceptance of God’s will.  

Peter once asked Jesus how many times he should forgive those who have sinned against him, generously suggesting seven times. “Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven’” (Matthew 18:22). Jesus emphasized the endless need to forgive those who have offended us. Likewise, the act of surrender is not a one-time process. It’s a forever, over and over again, till the day God takes us home, kind of progression. Elisabeth Elliot said: “One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.”

Just like grieving and emotional healing comes in waves, so too does the act of surrender. Each wave of surrender is fresh and new as it crashes down upon our hearts. But it’s the waves of surrender which lead us to the shores of acceptance and freedom.

What are you struggling to let go of today? In what aspect of your life do you need to cease resisting God? Where in your lifestyle is God asking you to concede or yield? Are you running away from God or the conviction of the Holy Spirit, when it’d be better to surrender and acquiesce?

The sooner we surrender and come to the place of acceptance, the sooner we will experience peace, contentment and freedom.

“It is wonderful what miracles God works in wills that are utterly surrendered to Him.”

Hannah Whitall Smith

Relevant Reflection:

In what area of your life is God asking you to surrender again?

#acceptance #freedom #Surrender

0 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Right on Time

“God is never late and rarely early. He is always exactly right on time – His time.” Dillon Burroughs It’s been almost two years since I hit a wall of discouragement while writing my book, Restoring Y


“Without God’s Word as a lens, the world warps.” Ann Voskamp Deception is like bad breath; you’re the last to know about it. Being deceived implies not being aware of the deception. The apostle Paul i

The Art of Coloring Outside the Lines

“It’s amazing what we can do if we will trust God enough to step out of our comfort zones!” Brett Harris Seth Godin in The Practice writes: “At the heart of the creative’s practice is trust: the diffi


Transforming lives one       at a time.


P.O. Box 376

Andover, KS 67002

  • Facebook

© 2021 Restoring Hearts Ministry.  Website by OpenHand Creative