Recovery: It's a God Thing
Saturday December 10, 2016
by Teresa McBean
Scripture Reading for today: 1 Timothy 1, 2, 3
“Teresa, I’m really aggravated with you!”
“Tell me more.”
“Well, you keep talking about “carrying this message to others” and it really upsets me. I don’t have a message worth sharing.”
Hurting people express sentiments like this on a regular basis. Perhaps you can relate. This particular friend is early in the healing process and currently is living in the valley of the shadow of death. I empathize with her perspective, but my experience teaches me that someday, having gone through this valley, she will find her way back to God–and it will be awesome!
Finding our way back to God ultimately leads to finding our way back to our true selves. It’s a glorious, sacred, and sometimes secret truth.
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free – signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life. Ephesians 1:11-14 NIV
My friend is agitated in large part because she doesn’t see her true self when she gazes into the mirror. She’s lost her place in the story. It seems too good to be true that God might have plans to bless her, to prosper her, to give her both hope and a future. But it is true. For now, her community will carry her hope on her behalf. But eventually, if she wants to heal, she’s going to have to accept this good news for herself. I don’t know where you are in your grand epic adventure, but if you can relate to my friend, I want you to know that restoration awaits you. I’m praying that you will go to any lengths to find your way back to God.