Last night my eyes filled with tears when I learned a young wife and mother I know was rushed to the Mayo Clinic here in Minnesota. She has been battling cancer for three years and has been an inspiration to all who know her. I remembered a time when I had run into her at church while we were both battling chemo. We laughed at each other's hats and clung to one another praising God for His faithfulness.
This past month, as I'm recovering from a stroke, she is fighting for her life and once again I struggle with the "whys" which those of us who "survive" life threatening illnesses or catastrophes so often face. There are those who seek to answer this question by claiming those who are sick, afflicted or "gasp" even have the audacity to die do so because of lack of faith. God's answer to this sort of talk is found in Job 38-42 and I think He is quite clear about it.
The topic of this blog however, is not why God does or does not heal. I want to make that very clear! The topic of this blog is surrendering ourselves to God... no matter what!
Today at church, we sang the song "Surrender" by Marc James.
I'm giving You my heart All that is within I lay it all down For the sake of You my King I'm giving You my dreams laying down my rights I'm giving up my pride For the promise of new life
And I Surrender
All to You, all to You
I'm singing You this song
I'm waiting at the Cross
All the world holds dear
I count it all as loss
For the sake of knowing You
For the glory of Your name
To know the lasting joy
Even sharing in Your pain
Are we willing to surrender all to Him, even if it leads us down a dark path? Are we willing to surrender to Him even if we don't understand why our world is being shaken or even torn apart or are we just willing to surrender when the terms please us? I think that far too often we act as though God has surrendered to us rather than the other way around!
May we be willing to lay down everything including our worldly dreams, hopes and health at the feet of Jesus and honestly say "I surrender, all to You."
I don't know K, honestly. I have failed at much. I do know that God never fails, and He knows best. I respect you and your testimony a lot, it will bring me strength when I need encouragement. God Bless, Much!