If there was money given for each time I have answered the question "How do you know?", there is no doubt how rich I would be. And there is truly no perfect answer, so the question will always remains somewhat of a mystery.
How do you know when it is right? How do you know when to move on something, turn a certain way, behave a certain way to an individual in distress? How do we know when we have gone too far? Well, common sense would answer some of these, and prayer and listening for God's response would be another, but the simple fact is that if He is an infallible being with knowledge beyond most of our human comprehension, can we really ever know for certain?
Last night we welcomed a new recovery group to the ATB Building. Our CA meeting jumped from 5 in the first week to 40 the second. Numbers don't lie, but they do not tell the full story. Long ago when we planned to find this eventual recovery building until the time we did, some of it never made any human sense, even to me. It may not have made any sense to you either, and I totally understand. But it made sense to God.
How did I know? -by constantly having a dialogue with him and filtering my own ambitions out of the equation, listening and watching for defining moments. They came, not always in my timing (one sure sign it is from God and not me), they came after I poured myself out to him about my life and the situation, but they always came.
I watched in awe during the Cocaine Anonymous meeting last night as the topic was about prayer and about God. Lots of God talk and even Jesus got a few shouts out in a secular meeting. Then I saw a community who had lost their home base dance around on our stage as they laughed and enjoyed some precious moments of happiness in sobriety in a place where they were loved and accepted.
They had found a place where they could just be; they had found a place that was just a gift from Him; they had found a place that, when they may have been asked that question, they knew the answer. And as long as we let them know that the answer came from Him, there will be many more nights like last night!
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.