24. Committing Our Life to God
The woman's mother prayed on her knees at midday, at night and first thing in the morning. Every day opened up to her to have God's will done in it. Every night she dotted up what she'd done and said and thought to see how it squared with Him. That kind of life is dreary, people think, but they're missing the point. For one thing, such a life can never be boring. Nothing can happen to you that you can't make use of. Even if you're racked by troubles, and sick and poor and ugly you've got your soul to carry through life like a treasure on a platter.
Once we commit our life to God and show our readiness to do His will, He gives us all we need to carry out just His will.
He gives us willingness when we are unwilling.
He gives us words when we are at a loss for words.
He gives us strength when we are weak and tired.
He gives us hope when we are discouraged.
He gives us inspiration when we are in despair.
He gives us faith when we are burdened with doubt.
He gives us love when we are lonely.
He gives us direction when we are at the crossroads.
He walks right with us when we are in the midst of trial and suffering.
Because once we commit our life to God we never remain quite the same again.
We can give Him all our pain, so that He will give us the comfort we need to take its place.
We can give Him all our anger, so that He will give us the peace we need to take its place.
We can give Him all our sinfulness, so that He will give us the forgiveness we need to take its place.
When we commit our life to God it is not to settle for security, complacency or self-glory.
It is rather to walk the extra mile.
To tread the difficult road, to attempt the hard task.
To live in unfamiliar circumstances.
To triumph through every crisis and struggle.
To trust and to follow even when we do not understand.