BEING HUMAN | The Desire for Self-Surrender
Photo: Juan Madrid
Inside every person is a deep desire to give themselves over to something bigger. It's our intuitive nature that recognizes there is more to life than our immediate surroundings. We long for meaning in our lives and surrender helps us realize it. But before I get into surrender, let's examine desire.
"The sad truth is that so often we unknowingly settle for our immediate wants, instead of our deepest needs."
Every decision we make was first a desire. We're driven by them. The vehicle that gets us from point A to point B is our desire to get there. It's often been said that you can't make someone do what they don't want to do. This is very true. No matter how much they're persuaded or how much benefit they might receive, if an intrinsic desire isn't there to do the thing, nothing's happening. Indeed, this is a soul issue. The sad truth is that so often we unknowingly settle for our immediate wants, instead of our deepest needs. The question then becomes, what would drive a person to only desire lesser things, rather than the best God has for them which will yield their highest satisfaction and fulfillment?
The answer lies in our surrender. When we surrender to our immediate appetites, we manifest a reality that temporarily satisfies but is ultimately shallow and wrought with failure. Self-surrender, however, unlocks everything you were predestined to do and be...and it's good! On the other side of self-surrender is the life we long for and then some. A life that not only gives us joy and satisfaction but also one of purpose. A life that impacts people around us for the better. As we surrender to God, we exchange our lesser desires for His. Of course, this is not the easiest thing to do. The ego sometimes has a hard time letting go of what it percieves to be the best thing (or the safe thing). The Spirit is willing but the Flesh is weak. So how do we surrender our ego (flesh) in order to realize the lives we were meant to live?
It may sound simple, but trust is where it's at. A deep trust in the fact that God is good, that God loves you passionately and only wants what's best for you. A knowing that the Creator of the universe knows you better than you know yourself and that you are made in His image. In His love letter, the Bible, God promises:
"I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for." -Jeremiah 29:11
TOOLS FOR BUILDING TRUST IN GOD
1. Remembering. Think back on your life and think of all the times when God was clearly looking out for you. Everytime something worked out or a tragedy was avoided. A good way to do this is by writing it down. Start from as young as you can remember up until the present moment and try not to contemplate too much, just write. Read your list and give thanks to God, don't be ashamed to let the tears flow if they come :)
2. Believing. The more we remember what God has done in our lives, the more we will believe in His continual goodness. Our belief in God and His goodness sparks a curiosity about who God truly is. A curiosity that inspires us to draw closer to Him, through prayer, thoughtful meditation, and Bible study. Drawing close to God is a game changer, but to do that with a sincere heart you must first believe.
"Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you."