Here I Stand

Luke 1:46-55

And Mary said, I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened— I’m the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten, the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others. His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him. He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts. He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold. He embraced his chosen child, Israel; he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high. It’s exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now.
What have I learned in surrender?  I have learned to be content in all things as it says in Philippians.  I have learned how to be loved back together.  I have learned that God is truly in control.  And I think this biggest thing I have learned in surrender is that it is always best just to stay surrendered.  Not easy at times, yet if things are already set into motion by God, then who am I to stop it?
When I decided to follow after Jesus at age 6, I thought my life was going to be easy.  I figured if God had made me then He would take care of me.  So much of this is true, however, He did give us a free will and sometimes we take advantage of that and make some choices not of God.  I freely admit that I was not seeking after God for a mate when entered into my first marriage.  I know that it may not have been the right way to go, yet God does this amazing thing of turning anything bad into good.
I learned through trial and error that standing in surrender to God’s will was much easier than doing everything my way all the time.  The more I surrendered, the more peace I found.  The more peace I obtained the more joy I contained.  At first it was not easy to just stand and let God take care of everything but once I began to see the benefits of such a great Father’s love, standing became easier and I did a lot less squirming.
So, needless to say, here I stand.  I will not be moved or shaken or stirred or pushed or defeated. With God on my side He says no one can be against me.  I know, hard to accept sometimes, but that’s truly how it works.  He moves mountains.  He destroys our enemies.  He provides for our needs.  Really, we just need to stand surrendered to His plan, it’s that simple.
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