If you look up at a clear starry sky at night, seeing so may different sizes, shapes, and images, could you imagine the complications of putting such a universe together? I cannot fathom God, or of everything he thinks about, and how different he is than us, but I can understand the simplicity of his main message to us, trust in me and everything is going to be alright.
The Wonder Of It All is how complex each of us is, as if we were a walking, talking, mini universe! My take on those of us in recovery from addiction is that we are a multiple universe of contradictions, but a thing of beauty once we work through the ionosphere of how we became so dysfunctional. We peel layers off daily as we work through the Steps and our relationship with God to find the stars within us that can shine.
The Wonder Of It All is that we can get to another place beyond what most of us have been used to doing from the time we were kids. Our own families have passed down the bloodline of addiction or in many cases have helped us begin our journey by using with us. It is as if we have been shot into space to another planet when we begin to heal, to recover, and the only way we can survive the new atmospheric pressure is to bring into us the Spirit of the living God.
Having baptized 3 very different kind of folks this past month, with 3 very different kinds of stories, I feel humbled in my own skin just to realize what the immense power of the creator of this universe has. One lost his ex-wife to a heroin overdose while his 9 year old son tried to revive her, another was arrested shortly after he gave his life to the Lord, for past probation violations (since released) just when he had turned it around.
And the 3rd, having come from the experience of her first meth use with her own mother at 18, being pregnant with her 4th child from 3 different men, surviving a near fatal heroin overdose, comes to the Lord as a child longs for the gentle touch of a loving father. The Wonder Of It All is that any of these beautiful people is still alive, still standing, and you know by this that there is a loving, merciful God who can do what seems impossible to mankind!
In the middle of all this, is us, just a bunch of farmers tilling the soil, planting seeds that may or may not grow, but when they are fertilized by the creator of such a complex universe, they grow beyond what anyone could ever comprehend.
That's The Wonder Of It All!
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.