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Four Steps.

August 15, 2012

“It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” ~Wendell Berry

The last few weeks, I have learned to pray boldly. I have learned to let go of all that makes sense to me and to surrender to grace. I have slowly, and continually, learned to let God grip me and my life, instead of my own hands suffocating the abundance out of my life moment to moment.

In prayer, I came to realize surrender is a process. It’s a journey full of risks. It isn’t just one moment, it’s a learned procedure that involves many steps and many moments. Sometimes, it is 100 steps in a single moment or the same step in a million different moments.

Step 1: Acknowledgement. We must first recognize that our grip is so tight, God can’t even begin to let Himself in.
Step 2: Acceptance. We then must accept we need His help. We must accept that anything done in our own power and strength isn’t sufficient enough.
Step 3: Surrender. We must hand it all over to God. Not just parts of it. Not just the stuff that really are out of our hands. We must relinquish it all back to the One who gave it to us to begin with.
Step 4: Wait. This is where we learn patience, where we learn endurance, where we learn how much we can take God at His word.

Now, with step four, you will have to go back to step three. As it is said in James 1:12 says, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

Step four is the test. It the examination of what you did in steps 1-3.

It will test your faith.
It will test your trust.
It will test your hope.
It will test strength.
It will test your love in God.

Recently, I have been floating in step four. Through prayer, I have come to recognize these four steps as a process to learn about our God. This is a way He gets us to reach out in desperate love to Him. This is where we learn to trust Him and build a relationship with Him.

We start to let our walls come down and expose to Him our hurts.
We begin to tell Him our fears.
We finally let go of all the things that hinder us and prevent us from knowing life as He intended-burden free.
This is where our hearts become lighter and we find peace that only He can offer.

As the opening quote stated, “It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real journey.” I say it all the time, and I believe it with all I am, there is beauty in the breakdown.

It has always been revealed to me that where things fall apart, something even more beautiful pulls it back together. Marilyn Monroe said it best;

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

The breakdown of the four steps above is what bring us closer to God. The four steps that make us risk everything we know to find a peace that is only offered in the arms of God; in the grip of His grace.

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