Friday, March 20, 2015
Recovery in the Bible (RIB)
This day I am hearing, in my Step Eleven quiet time with the LORD, that I am right back where I once was! Today, I am facing a giant who is bellowing and terrifying me. LORD caused me to remember David when he was facing Goliath, and how David realized he simply could not function freely whole wearing the king's suit of armor. So he rejected that option and returned to his natural gift: slingshot. He was standing in a field, so he simply gathered five smooth stones, stones suitable for slinging at the giant. He was doing all he could do, and he knew it. So he threw a stone. Whether or not it would kill the giant was up to God.
Way back in 1990, I was facing a giant called Alcoholism and attending Al-Anon. One meeting, a man brought that story of David and Goliath to my attention and gave me a stone to throw. It was a book. By the end of the weekend, my alcoholic closed the book and said aloud, "I have this disease." Seconds later, the phone rang, and it was the man who'd given me the story about David and Goliath. He invited my alcoholic to a meeting and, to my amazement, off he went. That meeting, and that man, led us into the fields of recovery. I can see now that the stone God asked me to throw actually killed that giant. It was by His Mercy and Grace that the giant was killed -- flat down, dead on the ground.
So today, twenty-five years later, we are facing a different giant. And I believe I hear the LORD saying, Stand on the Rock... Believe I am able to make a way where there is no way." So... I am standing on HIs Word, knowing not to turn to others for a suit of armor made by man. I am to stand on the Rock, remembering it was a book that was my first stone. What is it this time? And I hear Him say,"Steps One, Two, Three, Eleven and Five."
It's stepping stones this time, and I am to walk down the path them form to GET REAL with Him, with myself, and with other people. He is saying that His GET REAL message is as important for me as it is for anyone else. So today I am following Him down the path toward this terrifying giant whose bellowing is every bit as loud as the first. I surrender this entire circumstance into God's Care and Keeping, hurling my faith against this fear and trusting that, whether or not this stone kills the giant is up to God.
This phtoograph is from a Facebook page called Live Life in Color.