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Surrender's Strength

Erika Mathews

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“Through those long, monotonous weeks, only one spot of hope spoke to her heart: “Trust in Adon Olam with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, intimately know Him, and He will direct your paths.” He will direct your paths. That was a promise. And since she couldn’t direct her own paths, she had to trust Him. Even when it was the last thing she felt like doing. Gradually the bitterness, the anger, the resentment, the grief, the loss, the hurt—all of it—gave way to a tiny thread of surrender.”

“Adon Olam was the King—that was only logical, it was only right. He had created her with the rest of the world; He’d caused her very existence in her mother’s womb; and, as if that wasn’t already enough, she’d professed her- self to be His. Now how could she deny Him the kingship He rightfully held in her life?”

“So you have it all figured out.” Ellrick nodded. “Well...I don’t.” Her head dropped. “I—thought I did. But everything—and I mean everything—is going wrong. I didn’t know it was possible to fail so many different ways.”

“Seek first the kingdom of Adon Olam, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you,” Ellrick quoted quietly. “But—I don’t know how!” “Ask Him. He’d love to tell you.”

“Oh. That is why I need Adon Olam.” He wasn’t just for sinners. She didn’t just need Him to keep her from sinning outright; she needed Him to keep her heart transformed and renewed, for her old heart constantly lifted itself up and tainted her every moment with fleshly, prideful motives. Becoming one with Adon Olam’s Son wasn’t a one time thing… it was a continual process, a journey.”

“Of course, she’d always wanted to include Adon Olam in her life, to have Him beside her in her daily decisions and actions...but was that the problem? Was she only trying to include Him in her life instead of joining Him in His?”

“Well now, I do think that there’s something to the commandment of Adon Olam that says, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ but that’s all I have to say on that topic. And it’s not my place to tell you how Adon Olam wants you to honor yours.”

“We may not agree,but we do want to understand.And if it’s truly best that you not be in Syorien, no one will force you that direction.”

“Never for one moment had she imagined such a rich life—but this wasn’t her life, not a bit of it. It was Adon Olam’s. Through complete surrender in spite of herself, she’d truly found her strength in Him. And in Him, she’d discovered an identity more real, more true, and more blissful than she’d ever dreamed.”

“As the summer weeks passed quietly, even the satisfaction of her teaching position dulled. She didn’t want to enter into the zest of life, to trust other people, to put herself and her decisions on the line again. The pain of rejection, of betrayal, of being taken advantage of, stung far too deeply, and any repetition must be avoided.”

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Book Keywords:

christian-life, life-lessons, trust, betrayal, fear, trusting-god, living-with-jesus, rejection, surrender, hope, depression

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