Grant, of course, was directing his comment to General Buckner during the Civil War. When I found this quote, however, my thoughts went not to the War Between the States but to my personal battle to surrender my will to the Father. And it is a battle.
I battle with pride, with willfulness, with the ridiculous idea that I know best. How can I surrender to the Father when I'm encumbered with these sins? The simple answer is, "I can't."
Every day, I struggle to find the humility and meekness of heart that allow me put aside my sins and to say, "Thou knowest what I need."
So, for today, I am grateful for those times when I surrender.