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.
We may not have been on the verge of death, but something devastated our lives enough to lead us into recovery.
Once, King Hezekiah became deathly sick and was told to set his affairs in order because he was going to die. He broke down sobbing and prayed for God to heal him. God heard and spared his life. Here's part of a poem he wrote about his experience: "I waited patiently all night, but I was torn apart as though by lions. . . . Now I will walk humbly throughout my years because of this anguish I have felt. Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! Yes, this anguish was good for me, for you have rescued me from death and forgiven all my sins. . . . Think of it—the Lord is ready to heal me! I will sing his praises with instruments every day of my life" (Isaiah 38:13, 15-17, 20).
We, too, can look back on the painful process of our recovery and say, "This anguish was good for me, for you have rescued me." We need to make God's faithfulness known to the next generation. We can do this by talking about our experiences and singing his praises every day we live.
When our recovery is centered on God, his transforming power can turn our pain into gladness.
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.