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Advent Reflection – December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012

By  Joslyn Grostic

Scripture:  Isaiah 12:2-6

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“Surrender to Win.”  The first time I heard this saying I was stumped.  After all, I grew up believing that if you wanted something in this world, you pull yourself up by your bootstraps and go for it.  Surrendering was something that losers did, so how could someone surrender to win?

But experience can be a great teacher, and sometimes it’s those painful experiences that have brought me closest to my God.  When my self-will couldn’t carry me any further and I was at my ropes end, I finally got on my knees and turned myself over to the Great “I AM.”  Conversely, as I turned my will and my life over to the care of God, I felt new power flow through me.  I had surrendered, and yet, I had won.  It was in this moment that I could truly say that “God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.”

Today I try to stay in my hula hoop.  I am powerless over so much in this world, and that’s okay.  So long as I focus only on changing those things in my hula hoop and surrender the rest over to God, I am living a right-sized life.

I proclaim this truth through example.  I try to live out my faith and, hopefully, by doing so, I can be a light for others on the path.


God, today I offer myself to you to do with me and to build with me as you will.  Show me your will for me today, and give me the power to carry it out.

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