Fir Trees from Thorns
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Once we've been free from our addictions for a while we start to feel great! So many people in our lives are relieved of the pain and worry they used to suffer when we were in bondage. The places in our lives that used to be wasted and overgrown with thorns have been cleaned up. There's more joy and peace in our lives.
A promise in the book of Isaiah can be applied to us. God said, "You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord's name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love" (Isaiah 55:12-13).
As time passes and we continue to practice the principles of the Twelve Steps, we will see good things developing in areas of our lives that used to be thorny and wasted. The people around us will happily get used to the new us, and there will be a lot more joy in living. But we still need to look back and remember the "thorns" of our addiction now and again. We need to be willing to talk about our recovery at appropriate times. There are people whose lives are still filled with "thorns," who need to hear our story so they can receive the hope our recovery can offer.
By remembering our thorny past, we will give hope to others of a glorious future.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.