Have you ever stretched a rubber band? Not to the point of breaking it. But stretched it enough to fit around something…To hold something together.
I especially use rubber bands when I am packing. They are quite handy in keeping my clothing and other items nice and neat. They also allow me to pack more items into a bag if I’m not overly concerned about poundage.😄 Rubber bands are an awesome invention. They are light weight, handy, and more importantly, can be stretched to hold an item or items for a while.
So here is a thought 💭. What if we allowed God to use us like rubber bands? To stretch us a bit and to use us to hold an item or items in place for a while…To encourage someone, to start a ministry or business, to make a difficult decision, to serve in an area in the body of Christ, to boldly proclaim His Lordship.
If you are familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), you may recognize the following emboldened letters, ISTJ and INTJ. Those are the two sets of letters I received on the occasions I completed the MBTI inventory.
I usually fall on the cusp of the S or N. But I never get letters other than I, T, and J. Hands down I am an Introvert and I approach/perceive life through a Thinking and Judging stanch. That’s me and that’s how I make sense of the world.
In my fallen, unsurrendered, imperfect self, those letters, particularly the I, T, and J, may be detrimental to me and my interactions with others. However, when I submit to the Lordship and leading of God, those letters are powerful and fall perfectly into God’s plan for my life. My sinful nature would lead and lean towards one direction whereas in my God surrendered self I am led to new and exciting places. If I allow God to use me as a rubber band, Where could I travel? And what would He entrust me to hold?
If I don’t surrender my I, I will never speak in front of an audience. If I don’t surrender my J, countless people will be condemned in Reneé’s prison or banished to another planet. And if I don’t surrender my T, I will probably talk myself out of many new territories and opportunities. I will calculate all options and never take any risks.
When I surrender, fear and self-doubt are cast aside and I receive strength and boldness to share the Gospel and my personal testimony. And it is in those moments, where God can mightily use my words to encourage, support, and challenge others, even though I am an Introvert. When I surrender, God can use the love I demonstrate to “that hard to love person” to transform a heart of stone. When I surrender, in my T and J perspectives I readily notice areas where improvements can be made towards excellence. When I surrender, I move into my inheritance, my destiny, my calling.
So if you were a rubber band, what item or items would you be holding together? Where could you travel? Where is God stretching you?
I realize that destiny requires me to submit to God’s stretching of me. Truthfully, I want all God desires and designed for me but I also don’t want to be uncomfortable. I don’t want to be stretched. As the apostle Paul illustrated, our spirit is at war with our flesh. I realized that while God loves me He also desires and needs to stretch me. I am confident that He won’t break Me, He’ll just stretch me.
What about you?
Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak! Matthew 26:41 NLT
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. Galatians 5:16-17 NLT
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Psalms 37:23 NLT
Holy Lord thank you for taking delight in every detail of my life. Thank you for directing my steps. Help me to surrender my plans and to allow you to work in me. I yield to your direction and refrain from leaning to my imperfect ways.
In Jesus’ name,
#surrender #ISurrenderAll #destinyiswaiting #rubberbands
Dr. Reneé A. Foyou
Reneé loves to listen to, document, and share individual life stories. She is also very passionate about journeying with couples and individuals to relational wellness. Intercessory prayer is an integral part of her work. She enjoys teaching, speaking, counseling, coaching, mentoring, conducting research, and writing.
You can learn more about Reneé’s work here.