SHINE: Growing By The Spirit — Surrender the Outcome to God and Watch Peace Grow

SHINE! … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Surrender the Outcome to God and Watch Peace Grow

© 2010 Tonya M. Evans

April 12, 2010

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:7

Woman with open arms

Surrender to the growth process!

In preparation for this week’s SHINE post about Growing By The Spirit, I meditated on the task at hand (as I usually do) to create “space” for Spirit to unfold. But my mind was unsettled, uncertain, and downright restless. I felt like I was pressing for an outcome, disconnected from the process. Seemingly random glimpses of people, places, and experiences from the past week flashed in my mind like visions in a kaleidoscope. I found myself at the eleventh-hour trying to settle on a topic and convert the myriad random shards of ideas in my head into a coherent spiritual message. It seemed I was more focused on the final product than the process, forgetting for a moment that no one ever reaches the finish line without first running the race.

In the midst of my internal war, the thoughts that came to the surface lead me to ponder what awaits me on the other side of the “growth process” and what it means to go from “growing” to “grown.” At what point am I no longer “bettering” myself, but better? When have I done enough “doing” and can rest in just “being?” Being. Being … just being. The word glared like a neon sign on Broadway. And that moment was followed by a familiar knowing, when my voice decreases and God’s increases.

I was reminded that my purpose as a divine creation is not to be preoccupied with the final destination but to release the outcome and simply be present and still enough to discern God’s voice and will for my life. My job is to place my hand into God’s and remain open to the process because although I can plant seeds and create what I believe are the conditions (through my thoughts, words, actions and spiritual practice) for success, only the Creator knows how, when, where and why those seeds will manifest. Therefore, only God can transform my surrender into completion. Only God knows what completion means for me and for you.

But surrender is a frightening concept for those like me who desire a clear plan of action before taking the first step (and every step thereafter!). The state of “unknowing” can be unsettling for those who want (or worse yet need) to control the outcome. But that state is the very space in which we have the opportunity to release the outcome, submit to the growth process and endure the growth pains along the way. And I know from firsthand experience that these moments of restlessness usually serve as the precursor for a serious growth spurt! It is as if I were experiencing birth pangs … contractions that prepare me for the final push toward my fullest potential.

Personal growth gurus often advise that we should begin with the end in mind. But I advise to begin with GOD in mind. It it is only by surrendering the outcome of our lives to God that we find peace in the process of growth.

Please leave a comment to share your thoughts about this post and what the peace of surrender looks like for you during the growth process. And, as always, continue to be blessed AND a blessing … By The Spirit!

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One Response

  1. I know to get quiet and listen for the often still-small voice of God. However, I need to be reminded to turn over the outcome of my life to God.

    Thank you for the reminder.

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