I was becoming a bit panicky when I had no word chosen for 2021 by Thanksgiving. Usually by then, a word presents itself. But not this time. It wasn't until things began to crumble, or at least take a different turn, that the word SURRENDER popped into my head.
Plans, COVID-19, career, home, relationships, health, etc. Things I had little or no control of that forced me to open my hands and let them go to the mercy and will of God.
Because of COVID-19, my plans to travel (which feed my inspiration) disintegrated. I couldn't write for weeks. And when I did, nothing grand came of it. SURRENDER!
Our home, as lovely as it is, will soon need new appliances, repairs or a remodel. At our stage of life, it won't happen. Maybe it's time to move? SURRENDER!
Two years ago, I could out-walk friends much younger than me. I used to get up early each day and walk two miles with a buddy. Now, osteoarthritis (a gift from my mother) has eaten the cartilage from both knees and is threatening to do the same in my wrists. In the Spring, I will need a bionic replacement for that right knee. SURRENDER!
I could go on. . .
Isn't that a morbid outlook, you ask? Well, yes. And no.
The 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language defines SURRENDER this way: “To yield; to give up; to resign in favor of another; as, to surrender a right or privilege; to surrender a place or an office.”
SURRENDER has a sense of finality about it. A giving up. A letting go.
But it‘s not as dire as you may think. If the one to whom you are yielding is wise, loving and has your best interests in mind, not to mention, has the power to make everything work together for good, it brings a sense of peace and CONTENTMENT (my word for 2020).
Who is that one? My Savior. friend and guide, Jesus Christ. I can trust Him with my life, my heart and my all. He is the door to peace and contentment.
My MG Biblical fiction "The Heart Changer" debuted in 2019 with Ambassador International.