How wide is the chasm separating my sin and Your forgiveness, Lord? The chasm that must be crossed if we are to live together forever, in the Intimate Love I was made to desire? The Intimate Love You always purposed to give me?
That “Chasm of Separation” stretches about 4.5 feet: The distance from one of Your spike-scarred wrists to the other.
How high is the “mountain” that must be scaled before I will truly surrender to You, Lord? To surrender all that I have… all that I want… all that I am? That place where I will “trade in” all of my self-sufficient “Make It Happen” ways so I can yield to You in complete dependence and trust?
That “Mountain of Surrender” stretches anywhere from 19 inches to zero: The distance my knees are from the ground when I stand and when I kneel.
This was the sweet, profound, inviting place You took me to this morning, Lord. To show me that it isn’t enough that I want to “hang out” with You and nurture our growing “BFF” relationship… wonderful as that is!
It isn’t enough that I want to plumb the depths of the knowledge, understanding and wisdom You willingly impart to me to inform and direct my steps… empowering as that is!
It isn’t enough that I want to more fully embrace the comfort and security that are mine as Your little girl who is loved beyond measure by her Abba Daddy… reassuring as that is!
All this — and so much more — exists in the many facets of our relationship, in all its Beauty and Wonder! But over all of it, there is something more… isn’t there, Lord?
You spanned the Chasm of Separation over 2,000 years ago, when You joyfully — though agonizingly — gave Yourself as “payment in full” for my freedom.
“For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame…” (Hebrews 12:2b)
“… the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)
But what about the Mountain of Surrender? I am still learning that “scaling” this mountain is not about my working harder. It is all about my yielding more.
“For whoever wants to be My disciple must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
What if I went beyond agreeing intellectually with the various roles You offer to fulfill in my life, Lord? What if I let myself fully trust You in each of those roles? So much so, that I willingly let down every “guard” in me and fully yield myself to You?
Inviting You to…
Reign, Lord, as my Ocean Tamer!
Reign, Lord, as my Steadfast Rock!
Reign, Lord, as my Passionate Warrior!
Reign, Lord, as my Strong Fortress!
Reign, Lord, as my Mighty Redeemer!
Reign, Lord, as my Purifier!
Reign, Lord, as my Burden Bearer!
Reign, Lord, as my Merciful Healer!
Reign, Lord, as my Peace Giver!
Reign, Lord, as my Glorious King!
What if… ???