Meditations on the Twelve Steps

Recovery: It's a God Thing
Monday March 30, 2015

by Teresa McBean

Scripture reading for today: Psalm 23; Judges 21

A few devotionals ago, I talked about my friend who had the courage to express her wanting, her needing, her desiring. She said, “I feel alone.” Not even a half-hearted listener could miss the implications. She felt alone, but she longed for community. She desired a family that would love her unconditionally and support her unequivocally. She was having a rough time, and it felt bad. In her misery, she wanted company.

There’s a guy named Paul. Historians tell us that he wrote a number of the books in the Bible, including first and second Corinthians. I think Paul can relate to my friend.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord and Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation, if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 NIV

Sometimes we cry out, like a newborn baby, and it seems that no one hears. Worse, we conclude that no one cares. What if there is more going on in our lives than we can know? What if there’s a larger purpose, a grander adventure, a greater “YES!” awaiting us–but for now, on this day–we must wait. It’s at times like this when a good decision comes in handy. The decision has been made; we’ve chosen to trust God with the messiness of our lives. My prayer is that we will each surround ourselves with Sacred companions – the kind of friends who serve as a witness to our decisions and a helper when it comes to carrying the burdens that every person, including those who have decided to believe, will bear.