Meditations on the Twelve Steps

Recovery: It's a God Thing
Friday October 31, 2014

by Teresa McBean

Scripture Reading for today: Daniel 5; 2 Corinthians 1 and 2

I lived in several cities growing up. My favorite home was in Roanoke,Virginia. I loved riding my bike up my street and staring right into the face of a small mountain. I visited my old home place recently, and boy has it changed! They’ve cut down the woods and added house upon house. “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot…” to steal from a song with a very catchy tune! The homes had aged a lot too; of course, so have I, so how can I complain? But this I can complain about: they took away the meadow.

If we walked over a few streets, up a hill, and through a couple of neighbors’ yards, we’d find ourselves in a lush, hilly meadow. It was great for sledding on a snowy day. In the spring, it was populated solely with yellow wildflowers. It was a sight to behold! It was amazing! It was a field of wonder and delight. My brothers and I would traverse quite a distance to romp in that field. Nothing could compare to a warm spring day in the meadow. We’d lie on our backs with our hands crossed behind our heads and stare at the Carolina-blue sky and the oddly shaped clouds. It was without question the most peaceful time of my childhood. Regularly we “saw things” in the clouds and dreamed big dreams.

I can’t tell you the last time I noticed a cloud; I haven’t seen a decent meadow in years. “He makes me lie down in green pastures…” is a verse found in the twenty-third Psalm that tickles my memory of peace, wonder, and delight. I delight in every word of this phrase: He, God…makes, compels, commands, arranges and provides…for me personally…to lie down, rest, recline, relax…in green pastures…beautiful, lush, sweet, warm, restful, nourishing, inviting, playful pastures.

When was the last time you noticed a cloud formation and saw a castle? Did you have the time to watch it drift past you, into the future? Can you find the nearest meadow in your community? Have you had a beautiful daydream this week? Listen for the voice of God today, calling out to you, wooing you–speaking His heart to yours. Can you hear Him? I want you to take some time and find a quiet place to relax, recline, and dream big dreams. I want you to notice my hand in your world–the color of the sunset, the majesty of the clouds, the blue of the sky, the beauty of the land…Come away with me, and I will give you rest…Find time today to follow the good shepherd into a field of rest, hope, and dreams.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. Psalm 23:2-3 NIV

Back in the days of my meadow-dwelling life I believed it was my secret garden, and God made it as a secret gift for my brothers and me. I was right. Have you found God’s secret gift of rest made just for you? The eleventh step is an awesome opportunity to explore!