The cycle of life pedals from up to down, side to side, sometimes without any prior notice. Just when we think we have it all going our way, the bottom falls out. We ask, where is God, why do I deserve this, why can't I change, and on and on the questions flow........but meanwhile, the walls keep tumbling down.
If I have learned anything from scripture and the same can be said of recovery, it is that through adversity we find out who we really are. And, we also find out who our true friends are and how strong our faith is. I am reminded of this by how many other folks I know are going through things this past week or two. The headlines of USA Today scream of prediction of walls tumbling, and yet there is a calm inside me knowing that the God we serve didn't bring you or me this far to let us down.
Yesterday morning I just let my Bible fall open (I know you do that too) and it fell open on Psalm 146, so I read that and through Psalm 150.
Here are some of the highlights that bring that calm to my soul, lifts me up, and I hope it does the same for you:
"Don't put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever. He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down."
Are you feeling like your walls are tumbling down? "He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds"
Do you need a word from your Lord to give you strength? "He has made his people strong, honoring his faithful ones - the people of Israel who are close to him"........."For the Lord delights in his people, he crowns the humble with victory. Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them, Let them sing for joy as they lie in their beds."
Maybe nothing in this present world, no medicine, no construction company, no drug or other human being can keep your walls from tumbling down at the moment. But I know who can build them right back up, who can lift you out of that sick bed, and who can restore your broken heart.
"Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord". He is the lifter of your soul!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.