Our church plays the song, “I Surrender All” on rare occasions. Every time I sing it with my family of believers, I cry. Why? Because I picture people and things I’m letting go of: family members, friends, possessions, health, youth- “all to Jesus, I surrender, I surrender all.”
I cry every time because over the months, “having my way” creeps back in and then I go back to the place of sacrifice. There’s an advantage to this letting go, this dying to the flesh, this sacrifice of praise to God.
When hard things come along, some of the sting, its power got muted months or years ago because I laid people and things at the foot of the cross.
Part of my coping ability with the COVID 19 virus is not listening to news and shielding my eyes on the Internet, for most of the day. I read (Proverbs 1:32, 33 NRSV) today in regards to the call of Wisdom: “For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them: but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”
My husband minored in math in college. After hearing the number of those afflicted by COVID 19 in America yesterday, it’s less than 2/10 of one per cent of the population. I am being careful, but I’m doing my best not to be overtaken with fear, and hearing those statistics helps.
Stress can cause disease. That’s why Jesus said in (Matthew 11:29 NRSV) to take His yoke upon us and learn from Him…and He will give us rest. The apostle Peter reminded all with a little different phrasing: (1 Peter 5:7 NRSV) “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”
I pray for God’s blessing to overshadow any anxieties that may try to rob you and me of peace and joy in this life. I’m also praying if people discover their previous activities were stifling their lives, that we’ll take time to consider new opportunities that will benefit ourselves and others.
God knows how we’re all wired. Jesus says to seek Him and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you, in Matthew 6:33, speaking of food and clothing and peace of mind. There are Scriptures that speak of God blessing believers by all sorts of folks in the world. I have a blessing I want to share. My neighbor hired a landscaper to plant daffodils in their side yard which I can see from my house. I didn’t do the work, I didn’t pay the bill, yet I get to enjoy the beauty. Hopefully, the picture I took to show you will copy here.
Yay, my husband helped me!
May God bless you!