Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Whenever I think about the word ‘surrender’, this verse comes to my mind. Mary is a good example to understand the meaning of surrendering to God’s will. We often sing the song “I surrender all”. But in truth, how much of that ‘all’ part do we surrender to God. Do we have areas in our life that we are not fully ready to give to the Lord? I often feel that we say that we submit everything to our Lord, but there are strings attached to each one of it and we are holding on to them so tight and not ready to let go.
God chose Mary to be Jesus’ mother only because she was willing to submit to God. She had a close relationship with Him. She was ready to do anything for God without asking questions. She gave her womb, her life, everything to God not out of fear or duty, but of mere love towards God. Why is it that we are not able to surrender our lives like Mary? I feel that its because we do not trust God completely with our lives. Though we say we do trust Him, we are not comfortable to let go everything. We have fears about our future. We have lot of questions in our mind before trusting God completely. Mary was betrothed to Joseph and she could have rejected God’s purpose thinking about her life and how the society will react to the fact that a virgin is pregnant. Still she obeyed God.
If you look through the bible, you can see many people who were willing to submit their lives to God no matter what and God has done mighty things through them. Moses obeyed God in leading the people of Israel from Egypt to Canaan without knowing how he is going to do that. Hanna submitted her life to God for a child without knowing when that will happen. Abraham and Sarah waited for their promised child without knowing how it can happen in their lives. Joseph trusted God’s purpose without knowing why circumstances happened against him. Paul trusted God without knowing where he was led to. And when you look at their lives, you can see that God did miracles through their lives just because they surrendered everything before God.
Today, do you have questions like how, when, why and where? All these questions show the lack of trust in God. When I look into my own life, I can see many areas where I have all such questions. I remember a story about a small boy who went down a cliff to get his kite. He was playing and his kite got stuck in a bush. Two strangers passed by and saw the boy bending over the cliff struggling to get the kite. They offered him help by giving him a rope and told him that they will hold the other end of the rope and he can go down the cliff and get the kite. The boy looked at them and down at the cliff and he ran away. When the strangers stood there wondering where he went, he came running back with his Father. He asked his Father to hold one side of the rope and he went down the cliff like a brave boy. When they asked why he did not do the same when they said they will hold the rope, he smiled and answered..” When I go down the cliff, I know that its my Father on the other side of the rope and I know he will not let go”.
In the same way, if we are sure about the relationship that we have with our God and we know that He will not leave us no matter what , we will surrender our lives to Him, not ninety-five percent…but hundred percent