This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: John 15:5 (NIV)
Today I am thinking about the need to surrender to God’s approach.
When I talk about surrendering to God, I often refer to it as a three-legged stool. Leg one is surrendering to God’s Will. Leg two is surrendering to God’s Timing. The third leg, however, is where my own personal challenge and need for growth really lies. Leg three is surrendering to God’s Approach.
Sometimes when things are happening as I think they should be and everything seems to be on course, I can think to myself – “Wow, no one did this but God!”
I wait with anticipation for the next event to happen, and when that one happens I’m equally excited. I look forward almost breathlessly to the next event.
And then that final event does NOT happen.
My spirits plummet. I fall into a quandary, just trying to figure it out. I’m thinking to myself, “OK, why did all these things line up if the ultimate event is not taking place?
The other day I was talking to a girlfriend and suddenly it dawned on me. I needed to flip my thought process around. Perspective is everything.
Usually, I think that if something doesn’t happen it’s because of something that I did or did not do. But the opposite way to think about something – the new way that I’m working to think of things – is to say, “This is not about my approach as much as it is about God’s approach.”
We are where we are today because this is where He wants us to be at this time in our lives, NOT because of something we did or didn’t do.
That light bulb moment was really instructive to me. It is not enough to surrender only to God’s Will or only to God’s Will and God’s Timing. It is important to surrender also to God’s Approach.
The Words that I use to teach me are, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:15 (NIV)
Please share this reflection with others as they also desire to be inspired.
So today ask yourself, have you surrendered to God’s Approach?