Recovery: It's a God Thing
Wednesday October 26, 2016
by Teresa McBean
Scripture Reading for today: Daniel 2; 1 Corinthians 15; Psalm 79
I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all–oh, how well I remember–the feeling of hitting the bottom. Lamentations 3:19 The Message
Last night a friend and I were discussing our propensity to remember the bad times. Feeling anxious is easy for me. Worrying is second nature. Popping a cork over the injustices of children poorly parented is easy. But experience brings with it more than bad times; it provides us with an opportunity to learn how to remember…more fully.
But there’s one thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst. Why? Because the master won’t ever walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way…Lamentations 3:20-33 The Message
An appropriate inventory requires that we remember fully. On my recent bad day frought with generalized anxiety and a desire to escape into a pile of pillows surrounded by crunchy junk food, I chose to not stop at the yucky stuff. I pressed on. I took the bad full-face and kept remembering. How about you? Are you getting stuck in the yucky–walking around the edges of your pain? If so, it may look like a giant ocean–too big to walk through, too vast to skirt around. I urge you to follow Jeremiah’s lead in his book, Lamentations. Keep remembering. You may find that what looked like an ocean was just a really big but very shallow puddle that evaporates as you wade into it, full-face.