Surrendering Is a Gift

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

There was lots of surrendering today.  It was great helping my friends have a great day of no plans, and surrendering to the whims of time and energy.

I thought of some ideas of what to do.  I even researched them.  But alas, my colleague, Tuan, had another idea.  It didn’t sound too interesting…in part because it wasn’t my idea, but for the sake of practicing “surrender,” I went with his.

It was the best mini-trip we did together!  God is good. =)

The slideshow also needs some explanation.  My friend, Chris, has a developmental disability, but is smart in some areas of life that I haven’t dared to gain intelligence in.  Such as wood-working.  The pics show Chris using some high-powered machines that most children would not be allowed to go near.  Goes to show Chris isn’t a child.

Jim, who owned all the stuff, was a friend of Tuan’s, and knew lots of stuff about wood-working.  He knew Chris had a developmental disability, and he heard Chris naming the tools and proclaiming he had taken a class.  Jim started to choose a piece of wood, and, quite casually, hooked up the machine for Chris.  Chris actually used the machine!  He got good comments from Jim about using “good form” and good safety precautions.  Goes to show Chris did know about wood-working.

I walked away from this small adventure with a great depth of gratitude.  It was a day well spent.  We didn’t place much emphasis in planning, but surrendered to seeing what might God provide.

Surely, God provided a good outcome to my surrendering of my own planned out ideas for the trip.  And God provided us an encounter with a fantastic man who was willing to surrender and trust in Chris, making a very memorable experience for all of us.


One thought on “Surrendering Is a Gift

  1. Misha

    “Work” even has a catechetical explanation. The meaning/value of “work” is explained in various ways (191 times) in the Catechism: (
    Working can become a “vocation” – in fact, the term “vocation” refers not only to a religious calling, but also to the kind of occupation/profession one may be called to; or Sisters would call the work within their vocation an “apostolate” – something apostolic that they do – to share the fruits of their contemplation. There is more to work than employment – the work of Jesus in the world went beyond carpentry! 🙂 “The work of Redemption” was hard work! All the “works” of mercy (spiritual/corporal) must be work because they’re called that. Writing about Theology is work, caregiving is work, cooking and doing dishes is work, watering plants is work, teachers teaching is work, kids getting their homework done is work, delivering babies is work, raising a family is work, healing the sick is work, helping others is work. The value of work is that it must please God – it must have principles that are good, true, and beautiful (and not harmful to the innocent). Whether secular or religious, ordinary or extraordinary – work can sanctify oneself and others – because the Body of Christ has many different gifts, talents, charisms, and ways of working – with Christ as our Head. At the end of our life we want to hear “well done good and faithful servant!”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s