Forty years ago I was faced with this SURRENDER decision when my baby was very ill.
Medical opinion was strongly against me having a third child because my first two were delivered by caesarian-section. I had a very rare occurrence where the placenta was slightly to the side and haemorrhage was a risk factor for mother and child.
In my heart and in our lives we felt there was meant to be another child to complete our family.
The coming of our second son made our family now completed with our daughter, and two sons. We were filled with gratitude and joy.
When this baby a year later, took ill and his fever could not be controlled and he was sent to hospital we were advised that he may not survive the night.
Forever, I’ll remember my tussle with the Lord on the verandah of that old Queenslander home all those years ago.
‘ This is not fair Lord. Why did you give him to us if you are going to take him away again?’
Many people were praying with us for ‘healing’. My battle appeared to be spiritual.
‘All things life are meant to be held loosely.’
I’m not sure if that was the Lord speaking or my own jolting thought but I struggled because I truly believed that I held all material things ‘loosely’. But this was my baby. Was he not God’s Gift to us?
Then something happened I looked up into the starry sky and this is how I felt the Spirit led me to pray.
‘Father thank you for all three of our children. Thank you for the baby who was, and is, a longed for and appreciated addition. We have prayed for his healing but I hold even him loosely and say …….’.I let him go and Let You determine his future and your perfect plan for his life’. Then I cried.
PEACE CAME LIKE AN ABSOLUTELY FLOODING TIDE AND I WILL NEVER FORGET
I lay back on the bed and heard God speak. ‘This child will not die. You will bring him home tomorrow. ‘
Against all the medical predictions and indeed all the ones who wanted to keep him in for further tests etc. The next day I brought him home.
Stunned doctors and nurses. Stunned everyone. Happy baby and a mother who had learned a valuable lesson and I now pass it on to you.
Hold on to EVERYTHING on this Earth LIGHTLY. Loosely and lovingly.
This Earth is not our final home …
LET GO! LET GOD BE GOD!
Seek after Him Diligently. Be connected to Him.
Be prepared to SURRENDER EVERYTHING.
The fragility of life around us in 2019 shows even more clearly how lightly we must hold externals and nurture and strengthen that which last ETERNALLY.
LOVE ABUNDANTLY OUR FAMILIES AND OUR FRIENDS AND HOLD THEM CLOSE IN THE NOW.
Blessings! Love! and Peace! to you on your journey of life.
LIVE ABUNDANTLY…………so is the reason for being Kingdom children.
I find there are times when like Abraham God wants to see our mettle. Who’s God to us. There’ve been some very defining moments in my life when God tested my devotion and trust. Those moments changed me. I’m grateful.
The power of prayer…manifested so beautifully. Thank you for sharing this personal account of surrender and a complete trust in the Lord. Hugs!!