Our lives in God’s hands is better than we planned.
If ask me 20 years ago where I would be in 20 years I would have hoped just to be sober still, but achieved so much more –
Counsellor 7 years, manager 4 programs for 7 years.
Traveled – Las Vegas (twice), Philippines (twice), Hawaii, Moncton, Boston, New York, San Diego, Disneyland (twice), Bahamas Cruise.
Almost started a recovery house myself, some people in the meetings say they have a garage and two cars, whereas I had two garages and one car.
Church 20 years
Running leader 10 years.
Married for 18 years.
All of this is not my own doing.
There is a saying that says “There but for the Grace of God go I.”
Sponsor pointed out convinced we were at step #3 Decided to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand him.
Bill Wilson wrote that he was ready to do anything, and the room lit up with a great white light, burst upon him that he was a free man, where he felt “This is the God of the preachers.”
For Bill this happened very in an instant. It is often said in the program sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. I am sometimes slowly, VERY slowly.
Like a muscle, faith gets stronger the more we exercise it.
As we get deeper into our recovery our faith needs to grow more and more to meet life’s everyday challenges.
Og Mandino says Move your hand in haste before another’s eyes and his eyelids will blink. Tap another on his knee and his leg will jump. Confront another with dark horror and his mouth will say, “My God.” All creatures that walk the earth, including man, possess the instinct to cry for help. Why do we possess this instinct, this gift? Are not our cries a form of prayer? Is it not incomprehensible to a world governed by nature’s laws to man the instinct to cry for help lest some great mind has also provided that the cry should be heard by some superior power having the ability to hear and to answer our cry?
The more we rely on the Creator, on our Higher Power the harder and bigger our life’s struggles will be.
At the end of my addiction it was just me and my addiction.
So too at one point in my recovery it ended up being just me and the Creator.
I encourage you to find a sponsor who will guide you through the third step prayer and truly put your life into God’s hands and you will experience what it truly means that your life will turn out way better than you yourself could have planned.