Have you ever sang songs to God with lyrics like these:
“Bring me anything to bring You glory. And I know there’ll be days when this life brings me pain, but if that’s what it takes to praise You, Jesus, bring the rain.”
“No matter what comes my way, my life is in Your hands.”
“My life is not my own. To You I belong. I give myself, I give myself to You.”
Do you think you would or have you ever had a moment of hesitation when singing them? I have.
I used to sing these songs freely. “Oh, yes, Lord. Bring the rain.”
And then one day the rain fell. I was determined to bring God glory through my trial, and for the first bit, I did. Then, I got a little tired. I got sad. That sadness led to feelings of being neglected. That neglect made me angry. My anger made me rebellious. I was no longer allowing God to be glorified. Those words I had sung so intently, were proven empty.
When I began to find my way back to Him, simply trusting that His plans for me were good, regardless of the trial, I found myself hesitating when it came to singing lyrics like those. Those words have much more meaning when you realize God’s way of using you may not be quite what you had in mind. Those words are much heavier when you realize that the rain could bring pain. Those words are not empty. They mean something.
The truth is; however, that no matter what comes our way, our lives truly are in His hands. He is our Creator, our Sustainer, our Redeemer, and our Soon coming King. I can’t think of more capable hands that I’d like my life to be in.
I recently heard someone debunk the familiar saying that God won’t give us more than we can handle. She said, “Everything is more than we can handle!” She was right. That’s why we need the One who gives us strength.
Sometimes it takes a trial for us to truly understand what surrender really means. We are not in control. God is. But the thing about God is that He does not leave or forsake us. He goes before us, preparing the way, and behind us, directing our steps. He gives us comfort and peace when there seems to be no reason for either. He made the way for our salvation before we were ever born. He is strongest when we are weakest.
With our lives in His hands, we can understand that no matter what comes our way, He is still our God and He is still the same. Our pain is never in vain. We have the unique opportunity to give Him glory through it all. His worth isn’t based on the current circumstances. He is worthy, no matter the situation.
Voluntarily surrendering our lives to Him brings joy and hope in the midst of the pain.