This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “surrender.”
What a difference two years makes!
When God led me to the word “surrender” as my word for the year in 2016, it was not a word I wanted. I was scared about what he would ask me to do, terrified that saying yes to the word “surrender” would force me into all kinds of places I didn’t want to go, anxious about giving up control and what that would mean.
Now seeing that the prompt word today is “surrender,” it feels like reunion with an old friend. Despite my anxieties, it’s a word I came to love. It wasn’t always an easy journey, but it was a year of significant growth, and I look back in gratitude.
Of course there are also some things that haven’t changed over the two years!
Surrender isn’t a one-time thing, or even something you can perfect in a year. It’s an ongoing process of submitting to God and releasing control, and, the truth is it never gets easy.
This week I’ve been challenged about another area of surrender, and once again I’m reluctant. It means letting go of control once again, and the uncertainty over the outcome scares me.
Twice this week God has drawn me to the Parable of the Talents. Three men are given money by their master, and are charged with looking after it and investing it while he is away. Two of the men invest their money wisely and double what they have, but the third is afraid of losing the money so he buries it to keep it safe. When the master returns, he praises the first two servants but is angry with the third.
I’m challenged that to double their money, the first two men had to take a risk. They had to surrender what they had and, while it worked out well, there was a real possibility that they could have lost money. The third man was afraid of letting go of what he had, choosing the certainty of keeping the original money safe over the unpredictability of investment.
God doesn’t want us to play it safe. He wants us to use what we’ve been given, to take the risk, and to step out in faith.
It seems that the answer, once again, is surrender.