Surrendering Your Future


Several years ago I lost just about everything in my life that mattered to me. I went through a six month stretch where I would think I hit rock bottom, but then the bottom would fall out again. No matter what I tried, no matter what I did, I couldn’t stop the free fall. When there was nothing left, I cried out to God one night and said, “Lord, I give up! I can’t do this anymore.” Laying there on that floor, i heard God’s still, small voice whisper back, “Finally.” For Years I had been fighting what God wanted to do in my life and had been living life for myself instead of for Him. I had built the life I wanted on top of the foundation He had laid.

That night, in my mind, i saw a picture of myself curled up in the fetal position on a foundation. There was debris all around me and it was pouring down rain. I didn’t have the strength or the will to get up. I believe God was showing me my life at that moment. Everything I had built had been stripped away. When I said, “God, I’ve been left with nothing,” He relied, “You still have your foundation. If you’ll let me, I’ll build on it the life I want you to have.” I prayed, “Lord, do with my life what you want. I don’t ever want to go through that again.”

In Psalm 16:5, David prayed a similar prayer that resonates with me. He said, “You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands” (GNT). You and I can spend a lifetime trying to plan our future and build the life we want, but we will never be satisfied until we give our future to God. He has a master plan for each of our lives and desires that we give Him the reigns of our future. It’s up to us to surrender our will to His. I can tell you from personal experience that the life He wants for you is far greater than anything you can imagine or build yourself.

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  1. Jill Roberts

    Trusting in God completely has always been something I have struggled with. I grew up thinking if something was going to get done, I had to do it. I took this into my life as meaning if I didn’t do something then nothing was going to happen. It’s true that God calls us to act, but he calls us to trust in him first, then act courageously by taking that next step in faith, knowing the whole time he is with us and he is for us. You’re absolutely right, God has a far greater plan than we can ever imagine. We just have to trust in him and take one step at a time in that direction.

    • Letting go is one of the hardest things, but if we will trust God, His plan is far greater than our own. You’re right. Walking by faith is taking one step at a time. Thanks for sharing.

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