As God Meets the Addict, He Meets Me Too.

I must believe God is at work. Take a gander at our political climate or the state of our world today, or right next to us in our homes and extended families. We are a disaster, a “dumpster fire,” as my friend Shannon likes to say. A chaotic and disastrously mishandled situation. We are a mess. 

Shannon is a recovering addict. Alcohol, drugs, you name it, she was anxious to go there. She is a great example of a miracle. I could not be more proud of who she is and where she is headed. She sat down with me in a cabin in Wyoming (actually in my kid’s playhouse in the backyard) a few weeks ago and asked me what it felt like and what my thoughts were towards my brother as he struggled to settle into a recovery of his own. It’s a tough question for someone who knows they’ve made others feel great pain, but she is willing to ask it because she decided in her sobriety to face things head on.  She doesn’t want to lose anymore time than she already has avoiding shame.  She calls it recovery and I call it divine.  As God meets the addict, he meets me too.    

Take three minutes to watch this short conversation. Even in the most wretched and painful moments, I see the potential in my loved ones.  I need them to thrive.  It is not even close to the glorious and adoring way God sees us.  He is a good God.  He hates the pain, but sees a picture we cannot see.  He sees who we can and will be if we take one step and then another towards Him.     

“How precious also are God’s thoughts of YOU, how great are the sum of them. If you should count them, they are more in number than the sands by the sea.” Psalm 139: 17-18

"God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 5:20

Give us new eyes and a new heart to see you, God, and the where-with-all to stop condemning others as we walk our own path toward recovery. 


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