Help From Here and There

One of the hardest things I ever did was walked into an AA meeting for the first time. I actually put it off for months, making excuses namely, I don’t need anyone’s help. Yet, everyday I asked God for help to get sober. But that is talking to God, it is okay to ask Him, He’s God and our conversations are private, no one will know.
When I finally arrived in AA, I was shocked to hear people saying what I was going through at that moment. They had the same fear and lived with the same denials I had. I heard someone say, “God led me to AA, AA led me to God.” That was interesting to me. “So,” I thought, “God uses people to help people get sober.” How novel. I thought I knew God better than that.
Certainly He could simply decree I was fixed and free of alcoholism and, ouila! I’m as good as new! Pour me a double! I can start over…and that is what would happen. All of the good things I have learned in AA, NA, and CR, are all exactly what I needed to heal, and to find life without self-serving, and I still am in that classroom.
Help From There
I had many ignorant thoughts about God. After all, I had more than the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in religious and Biblical studies before my two-decade drunk. I knew the scripture well enough to interpret how God worked throughout the Bible and apply it to you…but not me.
There and here are the same for God. He doesn’t dwell in time or space, both created for people. Jehovah-Shammah, one of God’s power names means “He is There.” Literally, He is here and there, constantly, ever-present. But, even my knowing that truth, what was He doing at AA, talking through these recovering drunks and addicts? “God, You are messing with my religion!” That was His intent, to my benefit, and His glory.
Help From Here
I am grateful and curious simultaneously. Grateful He looked beyond my faults and had pity, leading me to discover how wonderful people in recovery can be, most of them ready to help anyone get free. Curious though, why me? I’ll leave that alone. God will see to our getting help we need for whatever the problem(s) we face throughout life. When the help comes, however, don’t have expectations of who, what, when, where, and how, the help got there.
 Just accept it, with a laugh, with joy, that this Amazing God sheds His amazing grace in stunning, even unbelievable ways. You and I are never out of His reach.
Take it to the bank.

7 thoughts on “Help From Here and There

  1. As always Keith you say things I need to hear just when I need to hear them. I’m so ever grateful for the help the Lord places in my life!

  2. Keith the good thing about your writings is, You know where you have been and where you are going. Love that. There are things I don’t understand, mainly because I’ve never been there. I think it’s amazing God uses each of our experiences, not only to help us, but to help others, That is what you do. We want to help everyone, but not everyone chooses to be helped. God chooses to help everyone, but not everyone chooses to allow Him to help them, that’s the hard part. Remembering that we each have choices. I’m glad you chose to go to that first meeting, and so glad God uses you to help many out there that are struggling and need someone who knows how they feel.

    • Thanks so much Maggie. I know that it is God’s grace, nothing I have done or ever will do to get the manifold gifts God has brought to me in sobriety. People walk in and walk out of recovery everyday. They just don’t get it…or don’t want it. I still wonder why me? He is sovereign and knows why. I’ll understand it better by and by. Blessings to you all!

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