Virtue of the Week: Surrender


John Miller

A native warrior Scout goes looking for the One True God. He rides his horse across dry lands for hours, until he sees God standing alone on a hill. God has seen him approaching from afar.

The Scout dismounts his horse and walks toward God, taking three war arrows in his hands. Head held high, he lifts the three arrows overhead and breaks them. He then lays them at God’s feet. He stands silent.

God looks at the broken arrows and simply waves his hand down and outward in dismissal. The Scout stands silent.

After a few minutes, the Scout returns to his horse and takes the blanket off its bare back. He turns and holds it above his shoulders in offer to God. God looks at the beautiful woven blanket and waves his hand in dismissal. The Scout stands in silence.

Minutes pass before he returns to his horse. He stands and strokes his most prized possession before presenting its reigns to God. God again waves his hand in silent dismissal. The Scout stands silent, looking at God. God now looks into his eyes.

The grasses of the plain wave gently in the uncounted moments, until time and eternity meet and the Scout drops to his knees.

I will never forget this simple yet profound lesson of “Surrender” to our Lord. God calls me to Him, not to negotiate my terms of a divine relationship but to lay all earthly idols and passions aside and turn to the Giver of Life. Then, there is only me and Him. There is only truth!

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