The Power of Surrender
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Have you ever had a dream that revealed something to you? I have. It’s a sobering, humbling experience.
As I’ve been refined by age,™ there came a time when I made an intentional, conscious decision to make a change; to walk a different path than the one I had been on for half my life. I left much of what I’d previously learned by the side of the old path, like so much baggage that would no longer be needed. I felt safer and more comfortable here. This path had a certain degree of familiarity to it, yet I still walked with the uncertainty of a stranger in a new land. That’s when I had the dream.
It wasn’t a long dream, but it was a clear, poignant one. One that would not be forgotten as soon as I woke up like so many others.
In the dream, I was in a building waiting for an appointment. I had no idea where I was supposed to go until a stranger pointed me to my destination: a brick wall. Confused, I nonetheless heeded the advice, walked over to the wall and stood there simply believing I was where I was supposed to be.
When I say I stood there, I mean just that. I didn’t try to push on the wall or find some hidden lever that would make a door magically appear. I simply made my stand, waited and believed. I didn’t have to wait long.
Soon a door appeared in the wall and on the other side of the door was the brightest, whitest place I have ever seen. In that area, a figure glowed so radiantly that his physical features were obscured. Then the “essence” spoke to me as if by osmosis; directly from his heart to mine. He said, “I’ve been expecting you. I knew you would cross over.” That was the end of the dream.
The dream consumed me upon awakening. Cross over? What had I crossed over? All I knew was that, in reality, I was on a different path in my life. I don’t remember crossing over anything. Just like the saying, “We can’t see the forest for the trees,” I understood then that, “We can’t see the bridge when we’re crossing over it.”
I believe I was in the process of crossing over a chasm with self-reliance or self-will on one side and God’s will for me on the other. I was in the process of rediscovering my lost childhood faith in God, and was shown that the first step in doing so was to surrender; my will for God’s will for me. My surrender was demonstrated in my simple stand; surrendering was the knock that opened the door to the Way.
I continue to struggle to stay on the path as the years pass me by. Forks in the road and temptations continue to appear, and I am enticed to take them. I confess, I veer off the path from time to time, but not as far and wide as in my younger days. It helps to know that through faith and grace – and nothing I can do – I am always loved and welcome to return to the Way: the path to eternal life.
Faith, for me, has been a precocious child; a child who embraces me as if to stay one moment and runs away to play hide and seek the next. As I am refined by age,™ my faith is being refined in me, the child lingers longer and my faith grows stronger.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9 (NIV)
YouTube Video: Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) by Chris Tomlin
YouTube Video: The Stand by Hillsong