Surrender to God in the midst of difficult circumstances is the way to find peace, but sometimes we are confused about what true surrender entails. If we think surrender is simply resigning ourselves to what we cannot change, peace will most certainly evade us. Peace lies in acceptance, not in resignation. Perhaps Creath Davis’ poem will help clarify the important difference between resignation and acceptance.
Resignation is surrender to fate. Acceptance is surrender to God.
Resignation lies down quietly in an empty universe. Acceptance rises up to meet the God who fills that universe with purpose and destiny.
Resignation says, “I can’t.” Acceptance says, “God can.”
Resignation paralyzes the life process. Acceptance releases the process for its greatest creativity.
Resignation says, “It’s all over for me.” Acceptance asks, “Now that I am here, what’s next, Lord?”
Resignation says, “What a waste.” Acceptance says, “In what redemptive way will you use this mess, Lord?”
Resignation says, “I am alone.” Acceptance says, “I belong to you, O God.”