I am working through The One Year Worship the King Devotional1 for my quiet times this year. A recent reading challenged me on the subject of surrender. Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
There have been periods in my life when surrendering all has been easy, and there have also been periods when surrendering all has not even entered my thoughts. It is so easy, especially when you have two very busy young children, to get caught up in the day-to-day challenges and life becomes just about surviving between nap times – it is easy, then, to forget that you are supposed to surrender the children and your spouse and your exhaustion and everything that is crowding your mind to Jesus. There are days when I don’t even think of Him, and there are days when I pray all day just to get through the day – and the praying days are always the better days. The praying days are when I don’t scream at the children (too much) or end up in tears because the baby won’t sleep.
Surrendering all is challenging because it means giving away our desires, our dreams, to Jesus. As mothers, it’s doubly challenging because most of the time our desires are coming second to our children’s anyway. I haven’t met one mother who doesn’t wish for a little time out, just to do something for herself and her sanity. (I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting that, but in my case at least, I know that if I start the day with a quiet time, if I make the decision every day – before chaos erupts – to give the day to Jesus, then the desire to hide away for a time-out isn’t as strong as it would have been.)
Jesus says, “Come to me, you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) I don’t know how people parent without Jesus. I know that I could not. Parents, surrender yourselves, your children, your burdens to Jesus.
1Tiegreen, C. 2008. The One Year Worship the King Devotional. Tyndale House Publishers: USA
Do you struggle to surrender everything to Jesus?