As I am writing this blog, I am so full. Tears of joy, overflood as I am embracing with joy a blessing God has released to me. Soon, I will be able to share the full story, however; for now I’ll share the lesson learned along the way.
It has been quite sometime since I’ve written much of anything. There are moments where the demands of life require your undivided attention. This can include but is not limited to work, daily life priorities, finding the time to be still and put in effort to synthesize and eloquently convey the sentiments of your heart into words. While mentioning the above noted it correlates with the excuses that I gave myself permission to make, instead of persevering and actively embracing serving others in this capacity. While there is not enough words to delicately convey the gratitude that overwhelms me serving well is at my core.
Have you ever been driving or just out for a walk while construction was occurring? During these moments you may observe heavy equipment, machinery, construction technicians working onsite, gravel, dust, and depending on the construction occurring, there can also be a construction personnel directing the flow of traffic. One of the most intense aspects of navigating through construction is the change that occurs. Change can cause a person to retreat and not want to get out of the bed. It can inspire another to try again at something that was previously rendered unsuccessful or a mere failure. While there are many things I cannot change, I embraced the process of what it means to give God a “yes.” Whew!
Too often, casually; others will prompt congregations to tell God “yes” or sing a favorite hymn “I’ll say yes Lord yes….” Casually these declarations made and songs are sang without consideration that something is required of you when surrendering a “yes” to the Lord.
In it’s simplest form, “yes” is synonymous with agreement. To further the previously mentioned, “yes” is synonymous with agreement void of questioning and reason. A true”yes” is sure, firm, intentional, void of pretense and negotiation, well-thought out prior to being uttered from one’s lips or embraced during devotion with the Lord. One simple word, “yes;” given to God without debate can change the trajectory of your life.If you find yourself in an indifferent space where things are changing, or you find yourself inquiring of what your next steps should be, consider that there are areas in your life that the Lord is still shaping, molding, refining, and maturing.
While under construction, and not always an enjoyable process, it is necessary for your growth and development. Giving God a “yes” does not speak to a rewards based relationship where you are given everything you want. A surrendered yes to God means you learn to embrace the heart of God , learning what burdens his heart. It’s intimately accepting that you cannot do anything you want because you have been bought with a price.
In surrendering my “yes,” HE gave me beauty for ashes…..it has and remains to be so much more than I ever expected.