Kanyi caught a smile creeping up on him as he recalled growing up, some of the things his parents did for each other. He had observed how the principle of surrender to God and to each other had played out in his parents’ 43 years of marriage.
Tenderness, a forgiving spirit, trust, vulnerability and mutual respect were core ingredients of their relationship. Even after all these years, the way they strived to be of service to each other in the simple and big things, still amazed him.
As simple as they made it seem, he always marveled at the depth and richness of their friendship; something he was beginning to appreciate and desire more as he got older.
Earlier on in the year, following his breakup with Minna, there had been a growing uneasiness that was gnawing away at his spirit. Then something happened at his church and the message was clear: he had to surrender it all.
On that particular Sunday, the pastor was teaching a sermon based off of scripture in Deuteronomy 11:12.
It was about God’s providence and His promise to have His eyes continually on our needs from the beginning of the year to its end. The only condition required was that as Christ followers to surrender their will to a loving Father who only desires the best for his children.
He walked out of service that day with a renewed desire to surrender his struggles which stemmed from ‘free fall’ fear, doubt, stubbornness and even pride.
Sunday Brunch and then some
As they polished off what was left of their brunch at Ah-Wholein de Wall, Horace Silver’s “Song for my Father” was also winding down. Judging by Kanyi’s crumb free plate, it appeared to Kene, the sweet potato pancakes and the mango jicama salad with cilantro and lime dressing were a big hit.
On the drive back to pick up Kene’s car, a Christian radio show came on and the topic was pornography and erotica in the Christian’s life. Kanyi reached over with his right hand for the radio station knob. Continue reading “Surrender All of it- The Conclusion”