Lingering is synonymous with a state of reflection, a welcomed resting place to pause and remain…and although this calm, tranquil description is accurate, there are countless moments in life when we must linger in unchosen fields of mayhem and delay.
I find it here, in these challenging places, a choice exists. A choice that is accessible and attainable. A choice to set my mind to surrender. This type of surrender is far different that giving up hope or acknowledging defeat. This variety of surrender encompasses the serenity of giving in to my personal will and inadequate strength. It is literally a choice to step onto a more stable and secure foundation.
Teach me to do your will for you are my God. May your gracious spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. Psalm 143:10
During times of personal wilderness, great comfort and peace are interwoven into the map of surrender. It navigates my direction, offering to my situation the virtues of patience, wisdom and gentleness…thus creating a euphoric state of unmatched calm serenity.
In this dwelling with God, I resist the urge to flee challenging circumstances, releasing the false sense of control I possess and linger in the stillness of being present.
For only in God’s garden can I experience lingering peace…lead me on the pathway of complete surrender.