Being united to the will of God you enjoy and posses him.

It is in his purposes, hidden in the cloud of all that happens to you in the present moment, that you must rely on. You will find it always surpasses your own wishes.

People who have abandoned themselves to God always lead mysterious lives and receive from Him exceptional and miraculous gifts by means of the most ordinary, natural, and chance experiences in which there appears to be nothing unusual – Jean Pierre de Caussade

I have a hard time of letting things go. I would worry, stress and find it difficult to accept things as they are if they didn’t work out as I thought they would. Slowly, I started to realize that this wasn’t doing me any favours. In fact it was causing me a lot of grief. Letting go is something I’m really terrible at and I’m still learning as I go along.

For example someone who may have recently been fired will find it difficult to accept things and have a hard time of letting things go blaming his employer instead of himself. In this instance you have to let things go. You surrender and let it go in spite of the feelings welling up inside you.

It’s not easy to describe  what surrender is, but we know what it feels like – the sudden cessation of struggle, the end (for the time being) of our resistance, the peaceful calm that follows the storm of what is futile effort, the relaxation we enjoy when something gives after a long period of tension and the fight goes out of us.

We all need to feel a sense of control over our lives. Yet there is so much that we can’t control – the weather, the economy, death. Faith allows us to let go of our worries and put them on the table and just accept things as they are. What will be, will be.

But in life, there are no guarantees that our prayers will be answered as we desire. The comfort comes, not so much from believing that the power to change things is on your side, but from the act of surrender. 

Surrender is not defeat. The act of surrendering may seem like we have given up and that we are no longer in control of the situations or life circumstances we find ourselves in. However to the ‘ego’ it can seem like  defeat. 

If you identify with the ‘ego’ you may feel as though you are the only in who can solve your problems. You’re carrying a burden heavier than it should be.

If you accept that God is the governor of the universe  and that all things and creatures happen under the will of the ‘Big’ one then you will come to the conclusion that the ‘ego’ is not the doer as we like to believe. You put your burdens on the floor and let God carry it for you and let go. This is essentially surrender to the Divine.

When you feel that your life is starting to slide off track, think about  what you can and can’t control. Let go of things that are out of your hands, and work on those that you are in control of. If it helps try saying a few private words to God, and feel the weight lift off your shoulders.

The act of surrender also benefits you from a health perspective. It can alleviate stress, anxiety, fear and worry.

I have come to realize that whatever happens in your life it is God who has willed it for the present moment. Be happy!