Recently, I met with a woman who is dying of cancer. She is absolutely radiant as she prepares for her death. We rehearsed her slide presentation to be given at the funeral, and her comment to me was how grateful she was for her life. And then I thought about Easter, and the choice Jesus made to walk into his death. We know that his response to his death was one of struggle, but we also see that he could have been killed at other times in his ministry, but he was able to just walk through the crowd to live another day.
I shared this with a friend we have in community, and he said one word to me that really struck home; the word was “surrender”. Both this woman and Jesus surrendered their wills to God. Each of them loved life, but each of them were also able to “let go” of the struggle and say “yes” to the events of their lives. Each of them remind me that I too, can surrender to whatever God calls me to this day. I have a choice. I can struggle against it, or I can say “yes.” I know when I surrender, I experience an Easter joy that means life, renewal and wholeness. May each of us daily embrace the joy of living our lives with “surrender” and saying “yes” to our lives and how God is calling us.