(Today it is my distinct privilege to have author and speaker LauraLee Shaw as my guest. I love her stuff and I know you will, too)
"Whatever the particular call is, the particular sacrifice God asks you
to make, the particular cross He wishes you to embrace, whatever the
particular path He wants you to tread, will you rise up, and say in your
heart, 'Yes, Lord, I accept it; I submit, I yield, I pledge myself to
walk in that path, and to follow that Voice, and to trust Thee with the
consequences'? Oh! but you say, 'I don't know what He will want next.'
No, we none of us know that, but we know we shall be safe in His hands."
As I ponder through "the particular calls" God has given me in my life, almost every one of them has left me scratching my head at the time. I pull a Gideon more often than not: "What? Me? I think you have the wrong person, God. She's more talented. Such-n-So is more qualified. I'm a mess, a big bag of emotional crazy. You know me…c'mon, now!"
The Holy Spirit then reminds me who I am in Christ, and that none of it's about me anyway. I've become quicker to answer His calls as I've grown in my faith walk, but it is still a challenge, depending on how out of my comfort zone the request seems to be.
Then there's the whole "cross to embrace" and "path to tread" thing. Most Christ-followers would agree this is a bit more difficult to live out authentically, because it involves pain & sacrifice & surrender & longing for relief.
The path can seem so lonely. During the rocky part of the trail, we listen to others around us talking about being on top of the mountain and rejoicing, about serving the Lord–how He'll make our paths straight–and even though we've spoken those same words before, in those moments, it seems as though they're speaking a foreign language or even "Wah-wahing" like the grown-ups in Charlie Brown.
That doesn't mean their words aren't true…it simply means that we aren't experiencing them at that moment. Sometimes it seems like it's been a whole other life since we've done so. In our deepest heart of hearts, we long to "count it all joy" and "rejoice in suffering," but we acknowledge that we're not there yet and that God still has more work to do in and through us.
I mean no disrespect, but does anyone know what I'm talking about here? So what's the answer?
In times of doubt, discouragement, depression, wondering, wandering, wrestling, restlessness, suffering, persecution and temptation–big, medium or small–I believe the answer is the same:
The Bible says we can fully trust Him; thus, we can fully depend on Him. When we choose to depend on God's sovereignty, we are willingly surrendering our own spirit to be consumed with His.
That's what Jesus did in the midst of His worst moments. "Into Your hands, I commit my Spirit," he groaned. My elaboration…"Into YOUR hands…even if that means more pain. Even if it means humiliation. Even death, Father, I'm committed to Your way."
Jesus was safe in His hands, and so are we. Say this out loud with me:
"I'm safe in His hands."
Then, fully surrendered, completely dependent, let's say this to God:
'Yes, Lord, I accept it; I submit, I yield, I pledge myself to
walk in that path, and to follow that Voice,
and to trust Thee with the consequences."
Yes, Lord, I'm depending on You.
"He alone is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
He is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to Him,
for God is our refuge.
Psalm 63:6-8, NIV
LauraLee Shaw is a Daughter of the King, wife of 20+ years, Mama bear & taxi driver to 3 stinkers, mentor, sister, friend, writer & speaker. She prays to view life's past, present and future through Faith-colored glasses and encourages others to do the same. Visit her online at LauraLeeShaw.com.