i surrender all…

Yesterday, I said that we needed to begin by knowing who we are. Today, I’m focusing on who God is.

In the Lenten study that Jim and I are doing, they listed three attributes of God as omniscient, omnipotent & all good.

Omniscient means that God know all. He knows all about you and me, our choices, all the possible outcomes. He knows all of this before we do.

Omnipotent means that God is all powerful. He can do anything. Pretty self explanatory, huh?

All good means that God is goodness itself. That in all that happens, God can bring about a good from, either now or in the future.

That, in itself, both answers who God is and who God isn’t. God knows everything, every possible outcome and scenario, He is all powerful, meaning nothing is beyond his control, and that God is good, that everything, and his divine will cannot fail.

This also creates questions, because we as humans don’t always work within his divine will. Why is evil allowed to exist? Why do natural catastrophes occur? Why do we suffer as we do?

Last night my mind tried to reconcile where my heart and head were not in line with each other. So I’m asking God to show me the farthest corner of my heart, that place that I have kept from him, out of fear or anger or shame, and lead me to that place I can truly surrender all.

As we travel through the Lenten season, let’s keep our hearts and minds open as we learn and grow closer to God. This prayer is called the Prayer of Abandonment. It is another thing I have added this Lent.

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for it all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands, I commend my soul; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.   -Blessed Charles De Foucauld

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