Brother Roger of the Taizé Community once wrote, “What God is asking is for you to surrender yourself to Christ in the trust of faith and to welcome his love.” 
Easier said than done.
If God is asking us to surrender, can we simply immediately decide and arrive at a place where we say, “I surrender?” I don’t necessarily think it works that way. In some ways, surrendering to God is a life-long process. Prayer is necessary. Contemplation is necessary. Commitment is necessary. The surrender process, even getting in the mind-set of surrender, takes work.
Many of Jesus’s disciples weren’t ready for the surrender aspect of their ministry when they met Jesus – when they actually knew Jesus as one of their friends in Galilee. The life that Jesus was offering was so different than anything they had ever known. How could they stop and surrender?
To trust Jesus, to trust him as the Christ, the anointed – as Lord. This was a huge step. Remember people said in the Bible, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” This trusting is a big leap of faith. Even after the disciples saw the risen Jesus in Galilee and in the upper room in Jerusalem, they still had a difficult time making sense of what they were experiencing. It wasn’t until they were overcome by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost that they really felt in their hearts that they could surrender – that they could put the entire trust in their Lord and God. Even though Jesus’s love was offered many times, the disciples (those who held Jesus in very close friendship) had to endure many setbacks, much confusion, heart-piercing sadness, before they really understood the nature of offering themselves up to Christ; offering themselves in a way that could welcome his love.
Life and humanity haven’t changed much.
Many of us still seek the wrong things. We want to seek the right things, but we gravitate to the ones that aren’t right. Instead of seeking love, we seek things. We seek beauty instead of friends. We hunger and thirst for entertainment instead of intimacy and closeness with our families. Our hearts don’t trust the possibility of claiming and welcoming God’s love.
So we persevere.
Lent directs us. Lent calls us to a new place, maybe one where we’ve never gone before. Perhaps we explore the chance to build our faith, using small building-blocks …one at a time. Each day during Lent, we realize the opportunity that we can re-frame our hearts so that they open towards God’s goodness, towards God’s love. And maybe this desire that is in us – maybe this desire for God helps us imagine a life with God that is unlike anything we have ever known. Maybe this life with God-- in the here and now-- can be better, richer, more gratifying – full of grace and mercy and love -- all of these things not just for ourselves, but for everyone we know.
So that when we finally are able to welcome love, we welcome a newly reborn life.
 Brother Roger of Taize. Essential Writings (Spiritual Masters). Orbis Books, 2006. p. 53
 Luke 4:22