Love finds peace (pt 5)

by Craig on February 25, 2011

So far we’ve had step one: I get a clear picture of what I’m laying at God’s feet. The plan. The situation.

Step two: I’m honest with myself, and then honest with God that I really really want what I want. But I know what he wants is better – and I want that more.

Step three: I make sure I’m on board. Because step number four means giving up final control of the outcome to God.

Because “Your will be done not mine” is not really a prayer that can be taken back.

Step four is maybe the easiest one. Because it’s just surrender.

But then…

Step four is maybe the hardest one. Because it’s just surrender.

It’s just a prayer:

“Father, you know the situation.

You know the way I’d like it to work out.

I’m going try to give it all I have, to give it my best effort.

But I get that you know every eventuality and I trust you.

And I know you have all power. And I know that you can work things out so that the best possible outcome is the one that will happen. And that best pssible outcome is becoming more like you. And I want that.

Forgive my doubts.

But I’m coming to you doubts and all.

Take my efforts, and absolutely everything else, and…

and then it’s a good time for a deep breath and a check on the spirit. Because like marriage, this is a step “not to be entered into lightly”. I’ve never said an “I do” but I think it must feel a little like this.

“…please work this all out the way you want it.

I pray for your will to be done.

Amen “

And there’s the magic. There is a peace that comes in giving something like this over to the One who has ultimate control over everything . There’s a peace that comes with knowing that you just prayed something that is 100% guaranteed to be in the will of God.

It’s a can’t miss prayer.

And you know how prayer is, it doesn’t have to be just those words. This is my way. This is what gets it done for me. The big thing is this. It’s promising to do all I can to make a plan happen, or make a situation work, and then giving the final outcome over to God.

And you’d think that you might feel a little trapped once you say these words. It is a wedged in type of feeling, but it doesn’t feel trappy – it feels…

safe,

peaceful,

assured,

And you’d think this is the last step.

And I kinda wish I could have ended it all up on a Friday.

But there’s a tiny bit more.

This step, step four, is the one that guarantees that God will do his part.

There’s still my part – our part.

Three more steps. One more post.

In God’s love

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Michelle February 25, 2011 at 2:32 am

“There’s still my part – our part.” That would be the actually letting go and letting God? So often I find myself taking back something I’ve prayed about and doing it because God isn’t doing it quick enough, or the way I want, or …… And then I have to repent and hand it back to Him. *sigh* So glad He loves me.

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Craig February 25, 2011 at 8:53 am

Amen – it’s about keeping the peace, doing the work, accepting the outcome – there’s your sneak peak – don’t tell anyone ok? ?

God bless.

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Anonymuss February 26, 2011 at 1:28 am

I am especially curious about the ‘doing the work’ aspect. This is good!

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Craig February 26, 2011 at 9:52 am

I think there is always this exchange – I think God made it this way for so much – he does his part, we do ours to the best of our imperfect ability – and then Grace. God Bless A.

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Dawn February 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

As you know, Craig, this is the step I am in at my workplace. All the people actions that can occur have occurred. I am at the “let go and let God” place. Thanks for this post that is a witness to what is happening in my life in a certain situation AND is the answer to my question, “How do I know what I am doing is right?” It’s the peace that came when I gave it over. I have been striving a long time and just gave it to God 2 days ago. Your post today explained to me in detail what happened when I did that. I am blessed by the fact that He had you write something just the day I needed it.

The battle is far from over, but it’s His now and that makes all the difference!
Peace,
Dawn

PS I must qualify that I am not always so timely in my responses to God. I have others’ writings bookmarked that God is using to nudge me to surrender in certain other areas of my life, but I have not been willing. Isn’t God’s will always what is best for me? So, then, why do I hesitate? I know I am not a control freak. I’ve had temperament tests that confirm I don’t want to control. For me, I think it’s pride. I don’t want to look like I’ve made a mistake. If I suddenly change strategies and go along with the other, doesn’t it look like I think I was wrong and am reconsidering. It’s that “appearance” that is the big bump in the road for me. If I could just become nothing (completely die to self) so that He indeed becomes everything, I’d have it! Yes, Craig, for me, surrender is the hardest part.

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Craig February 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

Dawn – it makes me smile that at the same time I feel I may have been dragging this out too long – that the timing turned out so right for you. I have prayed for your work sitch.

And Amen Dawn “if only we could die to self” and have our existence be all and always about the perfect and holy and right will of God – amen that would be perfect. He knows I think the limits of this broken world and us broken vessels. One day, one day…

God Bless.

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Sharon @ Hiking Toward Home February 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Such a timely post for me to read at this time. Please keep praying. Wanting God’s will. Praying for the strength to accept it with grace and peace… what ever it may be…

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Craig February 26, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Have prayed for you – and just finished again. When we want what he wants above what we want – and pray for him to make what he wants occur – gosh there is such peace in that. Thank you Sharon – and God Bless.

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Jan at Jewelry4Change February 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I’m so glad you stopped by Jewelry4Change, which allowed me to find your blog. LOVE it! I can’t wait to read Love is not quick to anger, Love is patient, Love says Thank you 1000 times… Actually I need to read them all! Thanks!

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Craig February 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Thank YOU Jan. We all need ALL of them. Nothing good happens without love. God Bless and keep.

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