Friday, 9 March 2012

Surrender Myself- A Guest post by Liesl Kruger


This is the 4th in my series of guest posts by the young people in my life.  Liesl is my niece, and is a fellow blogger.  Long before I started blogging I was visiting hers and wondering what it would be like to have one.  So, one could say she inspired me!  Liesl is mom of two, wife to a pastor and she has been through a few spiritual fires in her life time.  Visit with her on her blog After His Heart.  Its a beautiful place to visit!


Herewith Liesl's post:

The past few weeks have been pretty tough for our family.  We have been through a few struggles both personally, spiritually and physically (health).  To top it all off, God feels so far away.  I know it’s not Him that is far away, it’s me; but I can’t seem to break through.  While questioning God over the past few days, God reminded me of a story that I read years ago. 
A man found the cocoon of an emperor moth. He decided to take it home with him so that he could watch the beautiful moth emerge from its cocoon. Finally, the day arrived and a small opening appeared. For hours, the moth struggled as it tried to push its huge body through the tiny hole. It seemed as though it was wedged and no longer able to get any further.
The man, feeling sorry for the creature, decided to be kind and to help the moth to complete its journey through the tiny hole. He gently took a pair of sharp scissors and snipped the hole open, just enough that the moth could free itself. The moth, with its swollen body and shrivelled wings, emerged easily from the cocoon. The man was thrilled and continued to watch the moth, hoping to see its body contract and its wings expand. However, the man, in his kindness, had done the complete opposite. The moth spent its short life crawling around with its huge body and shrivelled wings. It was never able to fly.
What the man didn’t know was that the struggle that the moth needed to go through in order to free itself from the cocoon was necessary to force the fluid from the moth’s body into its wings so that it would be able to fly. Its freedom would only occur once it had struggled and fought to free itself from the cocoon. By eliminating the struggle, he diminished the moth’s health and it later died.


That story really spoke to me as I read it this morning.  Looking back at the past few months, I realise that God, in His infinite wisdom, has blessed us with these opportunities to grow, to become stronger and to ultimately soar.  While I question Him, I can only imagine our heavenly Father looking down at me and having a good old chuckle. 
Isaiah 40:27-31 (NKJV) :: 27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my just claim is passed over by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 31 but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. 

In order for Him to take up the reigns, I need to relinquish them.  I need to wholeheartedly stop my questioning and surrender myself, my heart, thoughts and emotions, to His wisdom and care.  We know there will be struggles, yet we expect them to be easy.  If it was easy, I doubt that we would be able to “fly”.  God’s desire is for us to be resilient and to have faith.  And not just any faith, but THOUGH faith.  Regardless of our global positioning or the situation we’re faced with, we are under the shadow of His wings and that is the best place to be.  He (Creator, Maker, Molder, Shaper, Pilot, Captain) is in control.  He knows what He is doing.  He’s been doing for all eternity. 
And so, my response is to wait on Him.  I will wait on Him and persevere and then wait some more, until I hear His voice.  And I won’t give up. 
In conclusion, I’d love to share a portion of the lyrics of “Fly” by Jason Upton with you. 
God has given you the air
God has given you the air so fly
It's time to spread out your wings
It's time to shake off the things that hold you down
It's time to spread out your wings and fly
Thank you for joining me on my journey.

I hope this spoke to you as much as it did to me.  I'd love for you to leave comments for Liesl here or on her blog.  
God bless
Tracy

11 comments:

  1. Exactly what I needed to hear this morning and I'm passing it on right now... Thank you for this lovely post!

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  2. A wonderful analogy and one that I needed to hear as oftentimes I perceive these times of growth to be pruning or discipline just because they're painful or uncomfortable.

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    1. It is so easy to run away, but then the lesson isn't learnt and the following one harder. :)

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  3. This was such a beautiful post. It's so easy to want our struggles fixed now, in order to take the pain away. In reality we need the struggles to be who God wants us to be, so we can grow in Him. Thank you so much for sharing, what a great reminder.

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    1. Amen! We do need the struggles. James was a wise man. (ch 1:2-4)

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  4. thank you for sharing this beautiful post. so true, so true.

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  5. Hi Liesl and Tracy,
    "We know there will be struggles, yet we expect them to be easy. If it was easy, I doubt that we would be able to “fly”."
    I agree and it also made me think that if the trials were easy, we'd most likely think we can handle them on our own and wouldn't turn to God like we should.
    Beautiful post!
    In Christ,
    Laura

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    1. Well said, Laura. And aren't those the times that we grow so much in our faith; through the struggles. When it's easy, we can easily forget that yearn for God.

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  6. Thank you for having me Tracy! :)

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