But what does surrendering look like? What does it mean? How can we do it?
A friend of mine who wrote A Search for Peace (a must read!) just posted a brilliant quote on Facebook. It says:
An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it is going to launch you into something great.
Now you may be thinking, what does that have to do with surrendering?
Because the arrow has to be willing to be pulled in a direction it does not want to go. The arrow has to go against its own instincts.
“Wait,wait,” the arrow cries. “I want to be going in the opposite direction,” or “I don’t understand where this is taking me,” or “I feel like I am going nowhere fast.”
The arrow has to trust the archer knows what He is doing. The arrow surrenders and allows the archer to continue to pull it back. All the while the string of life is causing tension. It is uncomfortalbe. It is not what we feel like life should be.
And then there is Satan, billowing around us, tempting us to drop off the bow, lose confidence in the archer, and abandon the goal.
What does it look like to surrender?
It looks like the arrow.
But the archer’s hand is on the arrow, always on the arrow, and His eye is on the goal. He knows how much tension the arrow needs to be at its deadliest. He knows the amount of wind it will take to fortify the faith of the arrow. He knows exactly when to let the arrow fly.
And fly the arrow will, straight to the target.
Because God didn’t put us here to lose. God put us here to win.
Life cannot win. Satan cannot win.
We are victorious. Through Him. With Him. In Him.
We are victors.
“But we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 15:57
Be the arrow. See the target. And trust the archer knows what He is doing.
I assure you, when you do fly, and fly you will, you are not going to doubt one bit.
It’s time to fly.
I’ll see you at the bullseye.