Sometimes, life becomes such a heavy weight on your shoulders. Whether your body hurts or your mind is frantic or your heart can’t find peace, we all know what wrestling with the hurts and lows of life feels like. You walk out feeling bruised, crushed, and at times, completely alone.

In the midst of life right now, I’m wrestling with a family situation that has me absolutely heart broken. It’s the type of thing that prowls around the back of your mind all day long, never leaving. It’s the type of thing you cry about when you’re alone and quiet, and mull over and over all day long.

It’s wearisome.

As I wrestled, I became consumed by my inadequacy to solve or change the situation. When life spirals, and there’s nothing you can do about it, you tend to sit back and feel useless. You want to jump in and DO something about the situation or person you’re broken over.

We want to solve everything on our own.

As I hit a very low point in my hurt and worry over this situation, God brought an old hymn called ‘I Surrender All’ to my brain. The lyrics are as follows:

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

(Refrain repeated)

I surrender all,
I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory to His name!

One of the beautiful things about God is that he brings the right thoughts, lyrics, and words to a hurting or confused mind at just the right time. I quickly realized that I wasn’t fully surrendered in this struggle. I had been practically making myself sick with stressing over the fact that this situation was so much bigger than I am that I forgot that my Savior, who holds the world, calls me to cast all my cares on him because he cares for me.

I’m still struggling through this situation, but now, when the worry starts to eat my brain, I remind myself that I’ve surrendered all. God is so much greater than the problems in my life and so much stronger than the worries in my mind. I can continue to pray for intercession, pray for wisdom, and love how I can, but I no longer have to feel worthless or broken because I lack the answers and the control to fix the situation.

Surrender all, because God wants to carry your burdens. You were never built to have the weight of the world on your shoulders. You were designed to love and trust the one who easily holds the weight of the world in his hand.

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