Sit Down and Surrender: Bringing your day to completion
How do you end your day? Are you the type of person to be in bed by 10 pm every night with your to-do list all crossed off or do you fall asleep at 1 am (or later), staying up late? Most of us are probably a mix of both or perhaps you have an altogether different way of ending your day.
When you climb into bed, how do you process all the obstacles that came your way that day?
Last week, I was hit with some news that was hard to process. One minute I was sitting in the Doctor’s office thinking I would be given medication to sort out a simple health issue and that everything would be fine and back to normal. Then I was told my blood tests from the previous week had come back with results showing hormone imbalances. I was being sent for further tests and ultrasounds to figure out how this could impact my reproductive system and its potential function in the future. Based on the blood test results, the situation didn’t look too great.
As I walked away that day, questions were overwhelming my mind.
That night, I couldn’t even figure out how I was feeling. But, then I remembered that God is bigger than even our feelings. I didn’t need to figure out my feelings about this sudden news that night, to be able to rest in peace. I could still have peace regardless. I felt the Lord telling me to be still, because he is fighting for me and carrying my burdens and every bit of weariness.
For a while now, I’ve been nudged by God to sit in His presence and just focus on Him. For me, the most ideal time for this is before sleeping or when the day is over and I’ve got some time. That day, I realized how important it is to sit and be still before God. If you can, set aside a few minutes before sleeping to focus on God. Instead of asking Him for things, sit in silence and marvel at his goodness. To truly, deeply taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). I hope everyone can experience God for themselves like that, because its wildly beautiful and the most satisfying thing I’ve ever felt.
So, that night I sat on my bed and told God “even though I’m feeling heartbroken, knowing that you are a faithful God and that you have a plan for me overshadows my pain and confusion today”. He isn’t surprised when we come to him with bad news or good news - pain, sorrow or overwhelming joy. In fact he wants us to come to him with everything.
The second part of my journey towards peace that night, was surrendering. This one was really difficult. Its so hard for me to give up control over my life and trust God with all the heavy and hard things that weigh me down. Even now, my first thought and desire is to not share about what I’m going through because it makes me feel vulnerable. But, I know that God uses our most vulnerable moments to speak to others through us, so that they can see how God carries us in mess and heartbreak and praise Him for it. Isaiah 43:18 says ”Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wastelands”. Since we know that God is working good things out of the seemingly bad - making a way in the wilderness, I know I can trust Him with the tough parts of my life. I know I can surrender my battles to Him, because I matter to Him and he cares for me and calls me a daughter (2 Corinthians 6:18). Surrendering can be a simple and constant prayer throughout your day or each night, something like: “Lord, this burden weighs me down and I feel crushed and out of energy. I know you don’t want me to carry this alone, please help me. I want to have joy in you that is greater than my obstacles". Or, you can ask a wise friend or mentor to help you figure out what surrendering looks like in this season of your life.
Regardless of how you end your day and what’s happened that day, its important to not just fall into bed and crash. I’ve done that countless times, even though I wish I would have wrapped up my day differently. Friend, I’m praying that whatever is coming your way right now, that you would still put aside time to spend in reflection and prayer, meditating on God and His word. I’m praying that as you surrender everything to Him, you can also rest in peace!
“In peace I lay down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, will keep me safe” Psalm 4:8
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