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The Art of Surrender


I've never been much of an art connoisseur, but there's a valuable lesson I've learned from it. Sometimes the most simple art pieces that have just a few lines splotched across its canvas has the greatest worth. It used to confound me, because I would always say to myself, "I can easily go and do the same thing, you think they'll give me a few million dollars?!" But when it's you in front of the canvas, with all the right paint brushes, it's harder to do than you realized. This is how I view "surrender."

On the outside looking in, the image of a person laying prostrate before the altar is an easy thing to mimic. But once you lay down there, you realize it's more than just a physical act. There's something spiritual that has to happen first. Everything you thought you knew, everything you desire, everything you have a tight hold on to, must also lay down on that floor with you. Yeah, the reality is much harder than its' picture illustrates.

But I believe that's the beauty of surrender. It's a true masterpiece. Though so simple, it's artistically complex. The truth is, no two surrenders will ever look the same. Each paint stroke of the brush matches the curvature of its' humans soul. A soul whose surrender is easily imitated but never quite duplicated.

I guess the point I'm making is that, from the outside looking in, surrendering is easy. But those who've experienced the true making of its' canvas knows its' an entire journey of its' own.

Scripture(s) Meditation:

"Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail)."

Psalm 55:22 AMP

Song(s) Meditation: "I Surrender" Morning Worship with Sun'Ray

To listen to today's song meditation, click here.

Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.

What is the one thing that's keeping you from surrendering to God fully right now? How will you release that to Him?


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I'm having a hard time surrendering who I think my spouse is or if I'll ever marry for that matter. Surrendering what I think my life should look like. What I think my life will look like. The future, the past, the present. I feel like I'm holding on to everything and not giving anything to God. And to be honest, I still don't know if I'm ready to surrender. I guess that's fear. It's crippling. It's hindering. But for me, surrender is scary. Just the word carries so much weight (in my mind.) So, I guess the first step for me is this right here: acknowledging it. So Father God, Lord Jesus, sweet Holy me get to the…

Nancy Cossident
Nancy Cossident

Same feelings. Now, I dont feel so bad. God probably has a better plan than what we hope for so I'm trying to surrender.

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