We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.
As we work the Twelve Steps, we spend a lot of time looking back. We often think about the wrong things we've done in the past. As we proceed in our recovery, we will need strength to move along the path God wants us to follow. Part of this strength will come as we visualize God's constant presence with us.
The psalmist wrote, "Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. . . . Remember the wonders he has performed. . . . He is the Lord our God. His justice is seen throughout the land. He always stands by his covenant—the commitment he made to a thousand generations" (Psalm 105:1, 5-8).
From now on when we look back we will see the "the wonders he has performed." We will look around to find his goodness "throughout the land" and look forward to the fulfillment of his promises. In prayer we thank him for what he's done; we seek him for the strength we need today; and we ask him to fulfill his promises for tomorrow. In meditation we remember our victories, ponder his presence with us today, and consider his faithfulness and the hope that gives us for tomorrow.
When we look, we will find God in the past, the future, and the present.
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.