I’m currently reading the book “Surrender to Love” by David G. Benner, which follows the topic of “surrender”, to ‘love’, to ‘God’, to ‘what is’.
As humans, we tend to associate the word “surrender” with the complete and utter handing over or laying our burdens onto someone else.
We rarely consider “surrender” in the spiritual sense, which is to willfully accept that ‘what is’, for the goodness ‘that is’, in thought, deed and to the will and teachings of a higher power.
A Sufi legend tells the story of fish swimming around in complete anxiety in search of water, not realizing that they are in the water and part of it. The same way we see all that is around us, in us, a higher power, without realizing that we are part of it. Without realizing the “oneness” and living a life a duality; A life of separation; Us and them; God and I; Me and nature; We try to see everything without faith; the Faith which is in essence surrender.
When Peter walked on the water toward Jesus, he noticed or observed the wind and the water, and suddenly started to sink. Crying out “Lord save me”, to which Jesus reached out and caught him, saying: “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Just as Peter stepped onto the water in “oneness”, and then noticed the wind and the water, falling back into the consciousness of duality, not realizing that in surrendering his bias about what is “supposed to happen”, that he could become one with the water and continue walking towards Jesus.
Critics would argue that man cannot walk on water, forgetting that Jesus taught with parables and making use of metaphors.
Just as the Sufi legend teaches about the fish suffering severe anxiety in search of water without surrender, Matthew 14:22-33 makes use of the metaphor of Peter not surrendering in faith and therefore not being at one with all that is around him.
Being in the time of advent, the season of expectation, I encourage you to be aware of your own expectations, your own perceived entrapments.
How will you surrender your cognitive bias in acceptance and faith, and ultimately moving toward oneness with the great Sat Chid Ananda?