Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the creator of the ends of the earth.
He doesn’t grow tired or weary.
His understanding is beyond human reach,
giving power to the tired
and reviving the exhausted.
Youths will become tired and weary,
young men will certainly stumble;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength;
they will fly up on wings like eagles;
they will run and not be tired;
they will walk and not be weary.
Isaiah 40:28-31 CEB
How many times have we promised ourselves that “this year” will be different? Or “this marriage” will not be a repeat of the last? Or “never again” will we embarrass ourselves like we did at the last holiday party?
How’s that working for you? It’s never really worked for me. I have certain habits, ingrained ways of seeing the world and my part in it, thoughts and automatic responses that are stubbornly resistant in the face of my good intentions.
Powering up and through things is not particularly effective.
I don’t have three easy steps to move us from self-will to surrender to our Higher Power. But I have observed that people who manage to acquire a reasonable measure of peace in this life have been given the gift of surrender to God’s will. Maybe the best suggestion I could make is that figuring out how to participate in faithful living is worth pursuing. Do you know someone who has taught you that they are reasonably happy in this life and have a spiritual foundation that bears the weight of hardship and suffering?
Today, make plans to spend some quality time with a person whose spirituality looks like what you want and ask them to show you the way. It may not turn out to be the exact way your path will look, but it will no doubt be helpful and enlightening!