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Wednesday, November 8, 2017


God’s way is best; heart, cease thy struggling
to see and know and understand;
forsake thy fears and doubts, but trusting,
submit thyself into His hand.
—Charles W. Naylor

Lord, if I had chosen your will for my life, I probably wouldn’t have chosen right where I am at this moment. I wouldn’t have chosen this hardship and heartache. I would have chosen something easier. I would have chosen things that bring happiness instead of things that develop character. But you know what brings out the best in me. You know how each hurdle rising before me will inspire my greatest effort. You know what event or circumstance or problem that I face will bring out my best for tomorrow’s greatest joy.

Lord, I thank you for this hard time that will make me stronger. I don’t have to tell you, Lord, that praise in this valley is so much harder than praise on the mountain. Praise right now calls for sacrifice of all I perceive, and it calls for me to place my trust in you. This moment is not only about surrender of my will to yours. It is about surrender for who I am for who you know I can be. You always wish to do something new in me.

By surrendering my control to your control, I discover enough clarity of purpose to trust you for the next hurdle—and the next and the next. “I am about to do something new,” you whisper. “I have already begun. Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through your wilderness.”

As I surrender my life, you grant direction. Your living water flows through me, reviving hope. What I had thought was my time of greatest hardship shall prove to be my time of greatest victory.

Form Me, Fire Me, Fill Me (page 31)
© 2017 Lynn Lacher

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