“Not my will but Yours be done.” Luke 22:42
One of the most interesting conversations recorded in my book, The Angels Are Talking, was with an angel named Indio who said, “I am Indio. I have come to ensure that you are in the will of God. It is good to be in the will of our Lord! Indio means ‘God is a willing God.’ For His will, will be done. I am here to ensure that you are in the will of God.”
I asked the angel sarcastically, “So that time I went and auditioned for that popular TV game show where I could have won a million dollars and didn’t get picked– that wasn’t the will of God?!”
He replied, “No, that was not the will of our God. His will is greater! O, yes, our God is great!”
In the book, I write that there were so many things in my past that I thought were “good” for me that were contrary to the will of God. This angel helped me see that sometimes a “no” is God’s way of saying “yes” to something greater. Consider that God’s will for your life will always be greater than anything that you could ever want for yourself.
So, what is the cost of saying yes to God? What is the true price of surrendering to His will?
By definition surrender means: to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win or succeed. The cost of surrender is faith. It requires one to relinquish control, to believe that God has your back, and that He knows what is best for you. Surrender requires the faith to believe that even though you may not be able to see how these things are working for your good; they are, indeed, working for your good. My journey to find God began with the faith that God could hear me, and see me and that He would give me a sign that He was there. I wrote The Angels Are Talking by faith. I started this blog by faith, and I encourage you to actively take steps to surrender to God’s will for your life.
Surrendering to the will of God requires you to give God your best, to take your pieces– whether broken or whole– and offer them up as a sacrifice to be used by God. Here’s an example: I’ve always been passionate about writing. I was extremely enthusiastic about creative writing in school. In high school I was on the school newspaper, I published my first bit of poetry at age seventeen and I can remember as far back as 3rd grade loving to write stories and reciting them in front of the class. I pursued a journalism degree in college because that’s what I assumed my skills were for. My will was to be a journalist, possibly an anchor. Little did I know that God was preparing me for the who, what, when, where, whys and hows of interviewing angels.
Your Journey is Personal
I got a negative review of my book a while back. I reread the review last week and discovered that there was a huge revelation in it that I didn’t see before. Among her criticisms, the reviewer scoffed at the way God spoke to me, comparing His repetition to “Forest Gump.” She found it hard to believe that God would sing to me or recite poetry. What the reviewer failed to understand is that my book documents my journey to find God, and the amazing thing (that isn’t immediately obvious about the way God spoke to me) is that God communicated with me in a way that I could best understand. I’ve always learned and remembered things through repetition, I absolutely adore music, and I was a poet before I was a writer. That’s what makes relationship with God so personal– so individual.
God knows you better than anyone else and He will meet you where you are. Your God-given gifts, your passions, your journey, your story, and even your struggles, will all be used for the glory of God. Somehow, He’ll make all your pieces fit together, and if you surrender He will reveal His perfect will for your life.