Saturday, 18 March 2017

Surrendering


In case you're having a rough day, or a rough life perhaps, take your time to read what I'm about to share.
“Listen to me, family of Jacob, everyone that’s left of the family of Israel. I’ve been carrying you on my back from the day you were born, And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old. I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray. I’ve done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you." Isaiah 46:3-4 (MSG)
"Dengarkanlah Aku, hai kaum keturunan Yakub, hai semua orang yang masih tinggal dari keturunan Israel, hai orang-orang yang Kudukung sejak dari kandungan, hai orang-orang yang Kujunjung sejak dari rahim. Sampai masa tuamu Aku tetap Dia dan sampai masa putih rambutmu Aku menggendong kamu. Aku telah melakukannya dan mau menanggung kamu terus; Aku mau memikul kamu dan menyelamatkan kamu."
Yesaya 46:3-4 (TB)
The God who created us, is the God who will carry us for the rest of our lives. So, why worry?
We do have so little strength, that's why we tend to complaint. But complaining doesn't solve problems, it only makes things worse for ourselves. Then what should we do?
One word, SURRENDER.
Earlier today, I woke up with the feeling or weary and even worried. I've got so many things going on in my mind. Honestly, it was a mess. But I managed to spend some time in God's presence that it actualy calmed me a bit. Until I checked my phone and saw all the notifications, with all sorts of news from the people I know. Some of them were good news, but some were not so good. And it kinda messed my mind again. I was tired. Physically, even more mentally. I did my Time Alone With God routine perfectly, but something still didn't feel right. I felt peaceful, yes, but I was still worried. My mom and my dad cheered me up a bit, but as soon as they've left, the weariness from early in the morning came back. Then I tried to distract my thoughts by checking out instagram feeds, and it worked. For a while. But then I realized that I was running away from this feeling, and it's not the right thing to do. Then I decided to play some music from my phone and just like that I laid down and closed my eyes. I was really trying to sleep and forget everything when the lyrics suddenly caught me. It was a song from Hillsong United called "Prince of Peace".
Here's some lyrics that made me cry all of a sudden:
"My heart a storm, clouds raging deep within
The Prince of peace came bursting through the wind
The violent sky held its breath
And in Your light I found rest
...
Your love surrounds me when my thoughts wage war
When night screams terror there Your voice will roar
Come death or shadow God I know your light will meet me there"
In Isaiah 9:6 the bible tells us that Jesus is also called The Prince of Peace. Which means He has the power to bring peace, in fact He is more than powerful to calm our raging hearts. All we need to do is to invite Him into our hearts, and He shall do His wonders. I continued crying while singing along the lyrics. It felt like I was at the lowest point of my life. Everything I faced, I'm facing, and I'm about to face seemed so tiring and out of my comfort zone, it might also burden me more, and I was soo tired that I'm done complaining and had no other options but to worship. I cried, sang, then cried again and went on like that until the song almost ended. Then as if there was a clear voice speaking to me, it was the words from the Holy Bible, about God's promise to carry us. I wrapped up my mourn with a lot lighter heart and decided to find the verse I was told about. Then I found it in Isaiah, the verse that was put as the opening above.
Now the question is, did the problem vanish right after that moment of "enlightenment"? Or did the person who texted me bad news suddenly came with a better news? Or God let something happened that I broke my phone so I wouldn't get to see the notifications anymore? No, no, and no. Then what's the difference? Through a moment of crying, mourning, worshipping, and admitting God's sovereignty over my life, I've found a very important point from that verse:
It's time to take a rest. Time to TRUST Him, and believe that He's got everything under control. Believe that He is working our way through this mess. It's time to enjoy the ride on JESUS' back, because He is carrying us and He will continue doing that until we're old and weak, for He is faithful. We've done our part, now let Him do His part. So, stop worrying and start trusting. And for you who are still facing so many problems, that it got your soul became weary, let me tell you that this is the PERFECT time to come to God and admit his power and might over our lives, that way we would gladly surrender to Him.
On more verse for today:
"I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don’t have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep my Word. You didn’t deny me when times were rough."
Revelation 3:8 (MSG)
"Aku tahu segala pekerjaanmu: lihatlah, Aku telah membuka pintu bagimu, yang tidak dapat ditutup oleh seorang pun. Aku tahu bahwa kekuatanmu tidak seberapa, namun engkau menuruti firman-Ku dan engkau tidak menyangkal nama-Ku."
Wahyu 3:8 (TB)
"The more you pray, the less you'll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You'll feel more patient and less pressured." -Rick Warren

By : Kezia

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