After I started following Jesus, I began to realize that He was requiring me to surrender everything I am and have to Him. I can surrender but I can’t break myself; only He can do that. I can yield to Him by abandoning all of my desires, but He is the only one that can complete the work. I have done many things which I thought were sacrificial in an attempt to find the place of rest He promised, but none of them were able to produce the result for which I was pursuing. It wasn’t until I was willing to embrace everything that happens in my life with a heart of thanksgiving and gratefulness that I was able to find that place of peace and joy that I was seeking.
I don’t know what will happen in the future, whether it is in the next few moments, hours, or years away, but I know now that He has brought me to a place for which I had sought for many years. It is the deepest kind of prayer and communion with Him that is above and beyond, deeper and greater than anything I ever dreamed about. Now my heart is overflowing with gratefulness for the love He has for me, my family, and my friends.