I have memories of moments in life when I would respond privately to circumstances or conversations with three words pressed through a monster voice: “Quit screwing around!”
It’s been a while since my last such release, but it has dawned on me multiple times recently that God surely has this statement in His repertoire.
And I have heard it from various angles lately. One of them has been Thomas à Kempis, who wrote this:
“There are some who resign themselves, but they attach conditions to it. They do not trust in God completely, so they take pains to provide for themselves just in case. Some offer everything at first, but later, beaten down by temptations, they go back to their old ways and thus make little progress in virtue. People like these will not gain the true freedom of a pure heart nor the grace of a joyful intimacy with me unless they surrender themselves unconditionally and offer themselves as a sacrifice to me each day. Without this total self-surrender a joyful union between us cannot exist, either now or ever.”
I don’t want to be short-changed on the experience of God’s freedom or power in my life. I don’t want to be stunted in my development. I don’t want to be squeezed out of the joyful union into which Christ invites all of us.
The solution, according to the quote above?
Resign yourself, and resist the temptation to attach conditions. [This ties in closely with The Power of Abandonment, posted elsewhere.]