Surrendering to God Requires Being Less Visible in the World
In isolation, God sees us, and there we begin to know Him more deeply
I recently left my town to travel about 300 miles north to pick up my eldest son from my in-laws’ house. He was there for an extended visit—about a month—and my mom and I journeyed to pick him up and bring him home. Suffice to say, the trip did me well.
I needed a change of pace. A change of scenery. A bit of humor (lots of laughs bubble up during a 6-hour drive). And I needed to be unseen.
The Bible says that a merry heart doeth good like a medicine. So, when we laugh, it’s good. The heart needs it. The heart can be healed with laughter.
The break from the laptop was a respite for me—albeit for just over a 48-hour turn. Not much, I know, but enough for me to notice a difference in my mood.
Facetime allowed me to see what I normally pass up. When I’m unplugged from the clamorous world spinning in the ether, I can see who God is more deeply. I’m not pursuing inquiry or catching up on email—I’m not producing and performing, which is the expectation out there.
I learned a long time ago that keeping myself busy is not synonymous with living for God. Surrendering our entire life to God is—I’ve learned—requires that we become less visible to an open and fierce world.
In isolation, God sees us, and there we begin to know Him more deeply.
Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you. James 4:8
Why then do we work so hard to impress God? Why do we feel compelled to outperform our contemporaries to get God’s attention?
He sees us when we’re homeschooling when we’re discipling our children when we tend to domestic duties when we host friends. These things, these unassuming, seemingly insignificant events are not outside of God’s knowledge. This frontier of domesticity, of being out of the limelight of social media, is fertile ground for our setting up our affections above.
Set your affections on things above, not in things on the earth. Colossians 3:2
I’m realizing how crucial it is now to surrender to God more than ever. There’s so much mixed chatter abounding in conversation that I say: I surrender God, to you. I have no words to share, no rebuttals, no challenges to quip, no questions to ask. Hide me in all of it. Keep me grounded outside of the noise. Keep me hidden away.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3