I wonder how many times in our lives we come to the realization that it is the Lord who has just accomplished something significant in our lives? I doubt it is as often as it should be. There are at least two possible reasons for this. The first is that we are just very bad at recognizing the hand of God at work in our lives. The second is that there is very little for us to recognize because we do not give God the opportunity to work in our lives! If it is the second reason that is relevant to your life, then that is a big problem, but a problem you have the power to address. I know from personal experience that there are times in my life when I am reluctant to surrender myself to the Holy Spirit mostly because I am unsure of what the Spirit will do with me and maybe the Holy Spirit will ask me to do something I do not want to do!

 

Herein is one of the challenges of a disciple of Jesus. Are we willing to trust that what God wants for us is always the best thing for us? Are we willing to trust that whatever God asks us to do for him that he will provide the means for us to accomplish that task? When I read the lives of the saints I discover men and women like myself who were often reluctant to surrender their lives to God but when they decided to do so became the channels for extraordinary graces, not just for themselves but for the Church and for the world! It is this possibility, nay probability that ought to inspire us to take the risk and let the Holy Spirit lead us where he wills. If many of us can find the courage to do this, the world will be transformed to the degree that we will hardly be able to recognize the new came form the old!

 

Why do I hold back from surrendering all to the Lord? What can I do to encourage myself to little by little give all my life and dreams into the hands of the Holy Spirit?

 

Lord Jesus, you surrendered all to the will of your Father in Heaven. Help me to do the same so that I may be able to contribute to ensuring that your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.