1) to give into the hands of another
2) to give over into (one's) power or use
a) to deliver to one something to keep, use, take care of, manage
Truth be told, few of us could surrender our cell phones, let alone our lives to Christ. But yet to be an obedient Christ follower, that is what we are asked to do - open our hands and give our lives to Jesus. That doesn't just mean saying yes to accept Him, but allowing Him to be in the driver's seat.
God has an intricate plan for our lives and He holds the road map to our destination, HIS destination for us. My problem is that I want to see the road map! I want to see where I am going at every turn, every rest stop, every detour. But surrender costs us deep, abiding faith in God's plan for us.
If you're like me, you've had several detours in your life already. It's those "how did this happen", "where did this come from", "how could I have missed this" moments that stop you in your tracks. Life takes an abrupt turn and you end up at an unknown and unfamiliar destination. For me that was the death of my Dad when I was 20 years old. That detour sent me to a dead end--a divorce nine years later.
Would I have chosen these destinations on my life's map? Nope. But somehow, in God's grace, He has used these twists and turns to bring me back to Him every time. If I surrender, staying close to my Shepherd, His voice will lead me. If I don't, sin and disobedience will chase me.
Surrender is blind faith.
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1
But God sees all, and knows all, and holds me in the palm of His hand. Truthfully, there is no place else I'd rather be!