4 Amazing Real Life Examples Of Surrendering to God
Today’s blog post is an interesting one and is about examples of surrendering to God. And it brings you stories of individuals who through surrendering to God were able to surmount difficulties and be saved from dangers.
These examples of surrendering to God featured stories of real people who are living their best lives.
In this post I want to reflect on the concept of surrendering to God and the profound impact it can have on our lives through the stories of the individuals profiled here.
Surrendering to God is an act of letting go of our need for control and placing our trust in a higher power, allowing the divine to guide our paths In a world that often encourages self-reliance and independence, surrendering to God may initially seem counterintuitive. However, surrender does not imply weakness; rather, it is an acknowledgment of our limitations as human beings and an acceptance that there are greater forces at play. It is an invitation to experience a profound sense of liberation and inner peace.
When we surrender to God, we release our burdens, worries, and anxieties. We recognize that we are not alone in facing life’s challenges. By relinquishing our need to control every aspect of our lives, we open ourselves up to divine intervention, guidance, and grace. We trust that God has a greater plan for us—one that surpasses our limited understanding.
Surrendering to God requires humility and a willingness to let go of our ego. It means embracing the uncertainties of life and having faith that everything will work out
What Are Some Examples Of Surrendering to God?
The above question has been effectively answered here. Join in as we take a look at 4 examples of surrendering to God. The first story is that of Rich Roll.
Rich Roll found help with an addiction problem when he decided to let go of his Will power and allowed a higher power to guide him to the best treatment for his alcoholism addiction. His life is loaded with adventure and the zeal to always unfold a better version of himself. Growing up Rich was a shy kid who loved spending time by himself. In high school he channeled his energy to swimming, representing his school and the state in swimming competitions. He soon started experimenting with alcohol, once he did he discovered a new found courage to walk into any group, chat and make friends easily, while also picking up random women. Something he could not do before he discovered alcohol. This started his symbiotic relationship with alcohol as he drank all through college and even after becoming an attorney in a law firm. Rich soon came to the realization that alcohol was killing him slowly rather than helping and he sought out a way to quit. Being someone who has always achieved anything he set his mind on, he channeled his energy and Willpower trying to overcome the problem of addiction. However, the more he tried the more he got neck deep into crisis. It was at this point he arrived at the point of surrendering the problem to God. When he did this he got help and subsequently checked into a rehab where he got healed after spending some time working with counselors. Rich Roll became a new person and in a podcast where he was a guest, he credited his healing to God. The decision to surrender to God when his Willpower failed him opened him to the miracle that brought him the healing.
Rich, whose life is laced with turning points and adventures, always finds magic in his life each time he decides to surrender to a higher power. He is the author of several books including Finding Ultra, The Plant power Way, and Voicing Change Vol 1 & 11 among others. Rich is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School. He is a Vegan Ultra – Endurance athlete and a former attorney.
Oprah Winfrey is a perfect example of someone whose life epitomizes the principle of surrendering to God and has benefitted from it immensely.
She has talked about how surrendering to God has helped her overcome several difficult times in her life. Oprah said that “surrender is not about giving up. It’s about letting go of control and trusting that God has a better plan”. In a speech at Essence Festival in 2016 she reaffirmed the principle, Oprah said “the key, the secret, the magic is to surrender to God’s dream for you. When we surrender to God, we are able to let go of our own expectations and desires, and we can open ourselves up to the possibilities that God has in store for us”.
Now, I am going to look at two specific stories of Oprah Winfrey as she applied the principle of surrendering to God.
When she was a child she was sexually abused and raped at the age of 14 years old. These experiences which were traumatic for her plunged her into a prolonged bout of depression and low self-esteem for many years. However, one day as she was praying, she said to God I surrender. I don’t know how to deal with this anymore. I am giving it to you. An interesting thing happened after this prayer. She instantly felt a release and a sense of peace that she has not experienced before. Surrendering the pain to God in prayer became one of the most important decisions she ever made in her life. This decision helped her heal and moved on with her life.
The second story occurred in 1985 when she auditioned for the role of Sofia in the film “The color purple”. Although she was told she was not the right person for the role, she refused to believe them and gave up. Oprah again prayed and sang the hymn “I surrender all” and really meant it. After that she got a call from Steven Spielberg, the Director of the film, the rest as they say is history. Oprah would later say that she surrendered because she knew she could not control the outcome of the audition, but she could control her own attitude and her willingness to trust God. When she surrendered to God, she was able to let go of her fears and doubts and focused on giving her best performance.
The role changed the course of her career and became one of the major turning points in her life.
From these humble beginnings she has moved on to greater heights by trusting in the timing of divine spirit and the universe.
Michael Singer as a young man struggled with anxiety and depression.
He felt like he was always striving for something elusive, always beyond his grasp.
He also felt he should be in charge of everything happening to him and this led him to having a hard time letting go of things.
One day, Singer had a spiritual awakening. He realized that he was trying to control everything in his life, and that this was the source of his anxiety and depression. He decided to let go of his need to control, and to simply surrender to life.
This began his life’s long journey with surrendering to God, which Singer calls “The Surrender Experiment.” He decided to let go of all of his personal preferences and desires, and to simply see what life had in store for him. He gave up his job, his apartment, and his possessions. He moved into the woods and lived as a hermit.
Singer’s experiment was not an easy one as he faced many challenges, including financial hardship, loneliness, and physical illness.
But he also experienced many miracles. He found that when he surrendered to life, he was able to let go of his fear and his doubts. He was also able to connect with a deeper sense of peace and purpose.
Here are some other specific stories where Singer practiced surrender:
When he was in graduate school, Singer was struggling with his studies. He was failing his exams, and he was starting to doubt himself. But then, he decided to surrender to the situation. He stopped trying to control the outcome of his exams, and he simply focused on doing his best. As a result, he started to pass his exams, and he eventually graduated with honors.
When Singer was starting his business, he was faced with many challenges. He didn’t have any money, and he didn’t have any experience. But he decided to surrender to the situation. He stopped trying to control everything, and he simply focused on taking one step at a time. As a result, his business eventually became successful. He became the Managing Director of the software company WebMD, and led the company until a major crisis with Federal agents forced him to step down. Here the experiment became even more interesting as he saw himself faced with the prospect of going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. However, at the end all charges against him were dropped. This and many other stories with surrendering to God is contain in his book “The Surrender Experiment”
Ann Archer Butcher
The next story in our examples of surrendering to God is Ann Archer Butcher who is the Author of the book Inner Guidance: Our Divine Birthright.
I think it is appropriate to allow her to tell her story about how surrendering to God saved her life from a shark when ocean tide swept her deep into the sea. Here is an excerpt of her story below.
When the shark appeared, I was well offshore, swimming free-style, facedown. As I turned my head to take a breath, suddenly I was choked with fear. Far to my left, a dark fin moved directly toward me.
Adrenalin flooded my whole body, triggered by the basic instinct to fight or flee in the face of life-threatening danger.
Flight was not an option. I stopped swimming instantly. Stretching out my body, making it look as lean and long as I could, I attempted to float on the surface. I wanted to appear as an inanimate object, just a bobbing mass on the ocean. I turned my head very slowly to the right, away from the approaching fin, so I’d be unable to watch the shark advancing toward me. I had nowhere to go, nothing to do except hold very, very still.
But my heart would surely give me away. It was nearly pounding out of my chest, beating so rapidly, so hard, I could barely breathe. I closed my eyes and tried desperately to keep my mind from dwelling on the horrors of being eaten by a shark.
“Stay calm, stay calm!” I commanded my body.
In that heart-stopping moment, driven by an all-encompassing terror, I searched inwardly for what to do. I knew it was time for a serious talk with God. Quickly! I needed the hand of God to reach out of the sky and pluck me from this ocean.
Dear God, please . . .
Suddenly, inner guidance came. All my practice over the years of listening to the Divine came through. Although I was new to the teachings of Eckankar, I knew what to do. I would call upon the Mahanta, the Inner Master, for guidance and protection.
I had read in Eckankar—The Key to Secret Worlds that calling on this magnificent inner presence would bring the assistance of the Mahanta, the greatest spiritual guide in the heavenly realms. But could the Mahanta really escort me out of this life-threatening moment? Deliver me from a shark?
Being rescued is not always God’s will, certainly. But if it was in this case, I wanted to use all that I knew to assist me.
Having delivered my plea, I stretched out like a log bobbing in the ocean. And though my heart was still racing outrageously, I experienced an immediate sense of emotional relief. A moment of absolute surrender passed through me like a gentle wave.
I felt almost invisible in the water. No longer gripped by the paralyzing fear, I faced death with calmness, floating in one eternal moment of peace.
Suddenly, I was hit hard from underneath.
The impact was powerful and my body jolted up out of the water and shot forward like a bullet. Was this an attack? The force of the blow was bone-jarring, yet I felt no pain.
And then the most amazing thing happened. For the briefest moment, I was suspended in the air, above the water. Then I felt my body falling back into the ocean. I was hit again.
I didn’t understand what was happening, and my heart continued to pound wildly, yet still I felt no pain.
I felt the strange hitting sensation slam against me a third time. Then a powerful, smooth, sleek body approached from my right side, and suddenly rose up underneath me, lifting me right out of the water!
I was rapidly moving across the surface of the ocean, speeding toward the shore.
The surface of the water broke in front of me, and I saw a heaven-sent rescuer on whose back I had just been carried. It was a beautiful dolphin, piercing the waves and jumping through the air in the inimitable way of these intelligent mammals. Just then another dolphin lifted me. Poised on the back of this second dolphin, I was again speeding through the water effortlessly.
A school of dolphins had come to my rescue!
My movement through the water seemed surreal; it was part floating, part soaring, and part balancing act. Yet, I did nothing. With total control of my body, the dolphins made all the necessary adjustments to keep me flying effortlessly through the water.
Quickly and smoothly, they brought me to the safety of chest-deep water near the beach. As I breathlessly turned to take in what was happening, I saw I was standing upright in the ocean, surrounded by an entire school of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.
Eventually, the dolphins turned and danced backward for several feet in a perfect farewell.
It was clear that there was a power in the universe beyond anything I had ever conceived—a power that could pull together all the forces of nature in a split second to change the course of events in our lives.
And today, that awesome power saved my life.
The experience left me with a strong sense of the interconnection of all life—and an awareness that God’s love, guidance and protection are always with us. It does not matter how isolated we might feel, we are never alone.
I hope you were able to relate with Ann’s story. This is a clear example of how true surrender can help us in our lives.
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