When Kristie and I first started to get to know each other, one of our favorite places to go was the river. It was there that we built a great relationship by talking, getting to know each other and enjoying the beautiful work of the hands of God. I remember one of the first few times we went down there, while walking along the riverbank, Kristie backed up to the water and fell backwards. I instinctively reached down and caught her just inches away from the cold water. She would later tell me that the reason she fell was just to see if I would catch her. She wanted to trust me so bad that she was willing to fall head first in the nearly freezing water of the Elk River.
God is not satisfied with us just fitting Him into our lives or giving Him what is left over. The God who gave us life demands that we totally surrender our lives to Him.
“When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, ‘Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it’.” (Mark 8:34-35)
“…submit to God…” (James 4:7)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
If you are struggling with life on this earth, it could be that you have not been willing to fully give God your life. Oh that we all would have the desire to trust God, that Kristie had for me to trust her. I pray that we would let go. Let go of our sins, worries, stress, cares and fears. Stop trying to control our lives. Just let go. Leap out over the water and fall head first into the arms of a loving, caring God!