How big were the hackles that rose up in you at those words? No one likes to be told, “ no” but it can be one of the most loving words we could ever hear. Every person has at least one thing that they struggle to surrender. Sometimes it is not even a bad thing we want, but it happens to be something God has not chosen for us. That’s hard, isn’t it? The only way to come to terms with this mystery is to trust. You and I must trust that God has His reasons and make peace with not knowing what they are. Trust requires letting go of control (as if we had it anyway) and reminding ourselves that God gave His best in Jesus, so everything else is extra. Keeping this mindset can be a challenge, but the peace it yields makes the striving worth it.
May the Lord lead you to the green pasture of trust in Him, and may you drink deeply from the still waters of surrender to His will for your life, My Friend. Graze on His all-sufficient grace! Never forget that He is the Good Shepherd and His “no” is an expression of His love and sovereignty that leads you in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake and for your own good.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5