Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Surrender to God

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Surrender to God

Article excerpt

THE soldier cradling the black assault rifle nodded expressionlessly as I entered the headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior. I was undertaking a research project and needed government permission to interview people in a remote province on the fringe of the Sahara.

The region was politically sensitive. The country's dense bureaucracy appeared to be behaving typically, not refusing my request outright, but not assuring me that anyone was seriously considering it, either. I was feeling more and more anxious because, after more than three months of almost daily trips to the ministry, my time and money were running out.

I am a student of Christian Science, and I knew that I could find an answer to the problem by praying, as Christ Jesus taught. Other experiences in my life had shown me that I could take heart from the Scriptural counsel found in Psalms, "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. Yet for all this time I had been trusting in myself. I had been going frantically from one official to another while offering God helpful instructions on how He might intercede for me.

Then one day in the depth of frustration it occurred to me that I could simply give in. I don't mean that I thought of abandoning my research and leaving the country. Rather, I realized that I could take the omnipotence and infinite love of God seriously enough actually to put my future in His hands. I felt an unreserved desire to trust God, whether I ever got the authorization or not.

Instead of heading for the ministry as usual that day, I prayed. I stopped begging God to oblige me. Rather, my prayer was a silent surrender of my personal plans to God's design. It was a yearning to recognize that a loving God's governing of His own creation embraced both my needs and those of the officialdom of that country. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.