4 Bible Verses on Surrendering
Have you ever felt like your back was up against a wall? That you were stuck between a rock and a hard place? That your life was imploding and no matter how hard you tried, things kept getting worse?
My husband and I often joke that it was a good thing our life emergencies rarely overlapped. When things were going south in our finances, our marriage would be strong, our kids would be acting right, etc. When our marriage needed resetting, our health and finances were stable, and other areas seemed “honky dory”. After all, with twenty years of holy matrimony under our belt we’ve been through all that the devil, and life could possibly hurl at us, right? Eh, wrong!
This year my family has been in a downward spiral. We became temporary guardians of two nieces and a dog, in addition to our two kids and Dachshund. My husband went full throttle into his film career and me into mine, distracting ourselves from relatives and their messy divorce. Our once happy home became a chaotic zone causing frustration and depression. Our finances took a nose-dive making it difficult to keep up with recurring bills and unexpected expenses. As my live-in mother-in-law grew older, health emergencies began to happen. The fighter in me gave way to anxiety, depression, anger, paranoia, jealousy, bitterness and downright terror. The worst of all was my relationship with God – it was on the rocks. Jesus who used to be the glue that kept my marriage and home together, now was as disconnected and out of reach as my husband. My marriage was barely hanging on by a thread as I felt rejected and a failure. My life had imploded and we were treading water in a squall at sea.
So I did what I thought was best in my situation, I blew up – said/texted hateful things and unleashing every bit of pinned up aggression on my husband. Then when the loneliness set in and I had nowhere to run, I called on some godly friends. I knew asking for help meant exposing my mess…my shame. Exhausted, I took the first step of surrendering – ran to trusted believers. Now through my current period of healing, forgiveness, humility and reconciliation, I am leaning on these four Bible verses as I truly surrender myself to God:
- Hebrews 10:25, “Do not give up meeting together…but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
- Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives within me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
- Hebrews 11:17,19 “By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice…Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead….”
- Matthew 13 – all of it
I pray that these verses would bring you the same comfort.
Karla Kelman and her family has been a part of CCV for almost four years. In addition to her career of being a Director of Marketing at Southlands Christian Schools, she is an artist, graphic designer, and a writer of poetry and prose. In her spare time, she loves chilling with her husband, Wil; two kids, Elijah and Jenaeha; lived-in mother-in-law, Victoria and dachshund, Bull.