Step 3: We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
My God! My God,
why have you left me all alone?
Why are you so far from saving me—
so far from my anguished groans? Psalm 22:1, CEB
22 I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
I will praise you in the very center of the congregation!
23 All of you who revere the Lord—praise him!
All of you who are Jacob’s descendants—honor him!
All of you who are all Israel’s offspring—
stand in awe of him! Psalm 22:22-23, CEB
Now that I think about it, I’m going to contradict myself. Two days ago I wrote that the first few verses were a sign of how difficult it is for us to submit to God. Now I’m wondering if it’s just the opposite. Perhaps these cries/groans are a sign that this person is so utterly committed to living in submission to God that they’ll voice their disappointments knowing that God is big enough to handle it. Perhaps their lives are so turned over that it’s even more brutally honest to ask where God is and what he’s up to. In other words, if you’ve turned everything over, then wouldn’t God’s absence (real or perceived) seem like a much bigger deal? I’ve turned everything over…so what is this guy doing with it???
I suppose the act of turning things over can’t be results-oriented. We can’t turn things over on the condition that God do good things with whatever we’ve turned over. We’re turning things over simply to turn them over, whatever may come. A sense of acceptance of any potential outcome probably should come with the act of turning things over. This doesn’t mean that we have to treat every potential outcome as if it’s as good as any other. It also doesn’t mean we have to live a life in which we’re completely unphased. It just means that, when confronted with an undesirable outcome, we instinctively start working towards acceptance.
What things are you struggling to accept?