Friday, February 27, 2009

God Won't Push Us Out Of The Way To Do His Will

Four weeks ago I experienced something within my family that was tremendously painful. There have been many weeks and months ~ and even years ~ leading up to this very hard pathway. Four weeks ago, before I knew it ~ it had engulfed my heart and spirit. I don’t know that anyone is ever ready or prepared for grievious situations. Sometimes we just have to hang on to the Lord for dear life ~ and pray like there is no tomorrow. I’ve felt so very sad and at a loss ~ yet knowing all along that my Lord never left my side ~ not once.

I’m not here to tell you that there has been a miraculous change in my situation ~ and that everything is well. But I am here to say that though I have been walking in the darkest of valleys, God is still my very best friend and finally my heart and spirit have been renewed.

As I shared yesterday, I began listening to The Pineapple Story series again. I listened to tape #1 twice ~ it was that profound. I am so thankful that God brought them to mind today. He certainly knew how much I needed it.

Through out this tape series, Missionary Otto Koning shares how we must yield many things to God (including his garden of pineapples) in order to reach that true happiness that we can experience only when we give everything to our Lord. In this first tape, he talks about yielding our rights ~ to pretty much everything. He reminds his listeners that we don’t own anything ~ from our car and home to our peace of mind, and health, and happiness. Everything belongs to God. And when we come to that realization and lay it all at His feet (which will likely have to be a daily practice) it is then that we will have everything above and beyond what we need. It is then that we will have true happiness.

Mr. Koning discusses how God wants to make the choices in our lives. We should never say "I am never going to do that" or "I don’t want to live there or work at that job." Because as sure as anything you will find yourself doing that. I remember when I was teaching at a Christian school in the mid 1990's and I said "I will never home school." Guess what I have been doing for the past 15 years? Yes, homeschooling.

He encourages us to give all of our possessions to God ~ for God will take better care of them than we ever could. He said, "Whatever you give to God with the right motives you will never lack that thing again. Whatever He is Lord of ~ whatever He controls ~ He will always do a better job of it than we can." But it has to be our choice. God is not going to push us out of the way to achieve His will. We have to surrender. And if we don’t ~ we will struggle.

And so I gave up my rights today. It wasn’t easy but I have found myself at a place in my life where I need God to do His will in a big way. He wasn’t going to push me aside so He could do a perfect work ~ it was necessary that I step to the side. I don’t know if things will ever be restored in the way that I desire for them to be ~ I don’t know what is going to happen. I just know that I laid down my rights to everything today. And you know what? It was such a load off of my heart. To say "Lord it is all in your hands. It is yours to do with as you please." For the first day in many many days peace has been restored in my heart and spirit. Tomorrow may prove to be a "dickens of a day" ~ satan will attempt to take me back to the pit I was in ~ but God can handle him easily. Until tomorrow...........

7 Thoughts On The Matter:

Deborah said...

Cathryn, surrender truly is a daily thing...I'll be praying for you, that the Lord will continue to give you his strength through the coming days.

karin said...

May you feel the Lord especially near as you travel the valleys with Him. It's in the valleys we grow. Be strong and of good courage.

Jessica said...

Cathryn, what a wonderful post. I have been struggling latley with surrendering my children to God. I have given everything else to Him, but for some reason I am having the hardest time with my children. They are the only things that I worry about. My oldest daughter will be 14 in a month and I am terrified! I want to control everything in her life. I know that she needs to make some important decisions in the next several years, but I don't want to let go! My best friend Marie and I talked about this subject just this morning and now I see it here too. The LORD must be trying to get something through my thick skull! LOL! Thank you for this post! God bless you!

Seeking Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Cathryn,
Dear sister, you are in my prayers. I do not know what your burden is, but you are not forgotten. God is right here with you. Keep praying and be encouraged, sweet friend. God is near and He does hear!
God bless you,
Bren

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Dear Cathryn, I loved your post. It speaks so much truth and a necessary time that we all have to come to in one way or the other. God does allow things to come into our life in order to make us more like himself. The way is sometimes hard but the fruit is so sweet and pure and there is a peace that could not have been produced in any other way. God bless, dear Cathryn and I am praying for strenght for the trial, courage for the journey and victory is assured. connie

Michele Williams said...

Surrender is a daily thing... I really enjoyed your post. I am so glad you are taking time to allow the Lord to work on YOU.... I am praying for you dear sister.... Please keep me posted. I have missed you... I continue to pray...

Marsha said...

Humbling ourselves enough to wave the white flag and surrender is the pathway to restoration. I continue to pray for you.