God used a robbery to show me what surrender means.
Even Jesus surrendered to God.
Mark 14:35-36 Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from Him. “Abba Father,” He said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.
It is clear in this scripture that Jesus wanted to do the will of God. If the only way for people to go to heaven was for Jesus to die on the cross, He was willing to do it.
After turning 16 years old, I got a job working in a fast food restaurant. One night when I was working, a man came in ten minutes before we closed. He aimed his gun at my head and told me to open the cash register. I was so nervous, remember I was only 16 years old, that I hit the wrong button on the cash register. The register kept making dinging noises. I could not get it to open. The robber told me to put my hands over my head (in the surrender position) and back up. He reached over the counter and opened the register and grabbed the money. He then told me to get under the counter and do not get up. He did not have to tell me again. I did not move a muscle until the police showed up. I am not completely sure how they found out. Anyway, they found the man and I got the “honor” of picking him out of a line up. This whole experience was such a nightmare for me. This happened before becoming a Christian at age 18. After becoming a Christian, for decades I asked God to show me why He allowed me to experience such an ordeal at a young age. God answers prayers. Just about 20 years later, I was crying out to God and surrendering a problem to Him. I had my arms up in the surrender position. At that moment, God gave me a clear picture of the man who pointed a gun to my head. God said to me “You do not have to surrender to me but you get to”. You cannot argue with God. He is always right. I believe what He was trying to tell me is that I do not have to surrender but I get the opportunity to completely give all my problems to the only person who can truly do anything about them. I have learned that surrendering really means having the Faith in God that He will take care of all my needs.
If you are having a challenging problem, just surrender and give the entire problem to the only One who can do anything about it. God also truly cares about all your problems, not just the big ones.