Josephine Bakhita was forced into submission as a slave - she had no choice but to listen to her masters and obey their commands. She was often treated harshly if they even thought she was being rebellious: "One day I unwittingly made a mistake that incensed the master's son. He became furious, snatched me violently from my hiding place and began to strike me ferociously with the lash and his feet. Finally he left me half dead, completely unconscious."
She succumbed to her owners' authority out of fear, but she must have kept her heart to herself, locked safely inside. She wouldn't open that fortress of her soul to anyone, but kept it intact and hidden away. It was only upon accepting Christ as her Master that she was able to give herself wholly. It was only on recognizing the love that God had for her that she willingly and completely yielded her heart. This was a submission of love and faith, a submission based on total trust in her Lord: "I have given everything to my Master; He will take care of me..."
If you have ever opened your heart to another and been hurt, you know the pain it can bring. But there is One you can trust, One you can submit to without fear. "Submit yourselves, then, to God...", Scripture tell us (James 4:7). He is worthy of your love and trust. As St. Josephine Bakhita learned, you can safely bare your soul to Jesus Christ.
St. Josephine Bakhita, pray for us!