Few of us are able to learn surrender the easy way. Our lives are too comfortable. The stakes aren't high enough for us to really feel like we truly have to trust God with the core of everything we have. Surrender is really just a concept you learn about, a nice "churchy" idea to talk about... until the time you are truly tested. I certainly didn't learn the art of surrendering until I was trying to hold together a completely shattered heart and picking up the pieces of a dream that was slipping away from me. When the comforts of life fade into the background and our carefully engineered plans crumble, we find ourselves standing face to face with the reality of the only question that really matters. Do I trust God enough to hand Him everything? Do I trust Him with my biggest dream, greatest fear, most cherished possession? Do I trust God? It's one of the hardest lessons I've ever learned, but oh, what a gift to have tasted the sweet taste of true surrender.  The freedom and peace that is unleashed when we un-clench our teeth and uncurl our fingers and give Him everything is like a flood of epic proportion. 

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:7 (NLT)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
— Proverbs 3:5-6

His plans are so much greater than our dreams could ever be. Everything He choreographs is for His glory and to spread His gospel further into the world in hopes that all might come to know and love Him and to be known and loved by Him. All of our hopes and dreams should rest solely with the one who knows the number of hairs on our heads and the number of days in our lifetime. He alone knows what is good for us, what will bring Him glory and what will benefit the world around us. Surrender is the gateway that ushers in His everything into our present.

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
— Mark 8:35
But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand.
— Isaiah 64:8

Trust in Him, then hang on and enjoy the ride. To God be the Glory!