Life can be hard!

Several years ago I had an anxiety attack that I still remember. Our church had burned down on Christmas morning and we were in the middle of making major decisions and I was feeling pretty confident. But in the middle of Saturday night I felt like somebody lowered the walls and all the things that could go wrong started flooding my mind. Who was I to think that I could lead a church out of a disaster into a major building project? I wanted out. Then it was as if God told me that up to that point He had handled the pressure of the situation.  For a few minutes He let me know what the pressure felt like.  So it was at that point that I gave it back to Him. I surrendered and let Him take over. The rest is a story of what He did for me and for our church. 

I’m sure you have had similar situations. Maybe you have one now. God wants you to do something that seems overwhelming, maybe impossible. You feel like you can’t do it. You’re caught between knowing what you should do and doing it. You feel pressure from all sides. You are ready to give up. What about surrender? Surrender isn’t giving up. It’s letting go and letting God take over.

In Luke 1:26-38, the angel Gabriel had a visit with Mary and told her that she would give birth to God’s Son. Talk about pressure. I’m sure her world was turned upside down. She wondered how she could do it. How could Mary give birth to a son? She was a virgin. But the angel told her “… nothing is impossible with God.” Whatever difficult decision or impossible situation you are facing in life, it is more than you can handle. Surrender to God and watch Him get you through it.

Mary responded to the angel’s announcement: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” (Luke 1:38)

Let It Be

One of my favorite Beatles songs is “Let it be.” Do you remember the words? “When I find myself in trouble, Mother Mary comes to me speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.”

It reminds me of this passage. The NKJV, translates Mary’s response of submission as “Let it be.” That’s why John Lennon hated this song – it was too religious. But it really wasn’t religious. Just before the Beatles split up, there was a lot of tension. Paul McCartney had a dream that his mom told him to simply “Let it be.” His mom’s name was Mary. It wasn’t a song about Mary the mother of Jesus. It was about Mary the mother of Paul McCartney. But the word of wisdom are still the same, “Let it be.”

God will give strength and encouragement to face whatever decisions you may have as you surrender to Him. He will take care of you. There is nothing more powerful than a surrendered life in the hands of God. Will you surrender to God?

Can you say, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said”? These are words that bring God’s blessing. This is the way Jesus taught us to pray: “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10) – “Father, let you will be done right here, just as it is in Heaven itself.”

What seems impossible to you? It won’t go away and you can’t handle it. It’s impossible. You’re right. Some things come in our life that only God can handle. Because with God nothing is impossible. If you surrender to God, you will see that nothing is impossible with God.

In 1956 five men attempted to evangelize the Waodani people in the rain forest of Eastern Ecuador. Life didn’t go as planned. They went to bring life to a lost tribe. They ended up losing their lives and the opportunity for the lost tribe to be found. But the God of the IMPOSSIBLE invaded the space of reality and brought about  a divine opportunity. The families of the men who lost their lives were given opportunity to minister to those who had killed the men. In the end the tribe became Christian.

What God was teaching me in the middle of a Saturday night was that He’s got it all under control. I don’t need to figure it out. I just need to surrender to Him and let it be.