Filled with Joy
We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.
As we travel the road to recovery, we may feel like we've been reduced to begging for help. Our lives have been crippled by our own addictions and the addictions of others. We approach God's door, with heads down, because we feel desperate for the help he promises to give. But even though we come to God with our heads down, that's not how it has to stay.
Listen to this story about Peter and John's encounter with a man who felt this way: "As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, 'Look at us!' The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, 'I don't have any silver or gold for you. But I'll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!' Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man's feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. . . and [he] began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them" (Acts 3:2-8).
We may turn to God hoping for a meager handout to keep us going. But he has much more for us! He wants to give us such a full recovery that we are healed and transformed. He wants to take us from being the beggar at God's door, to being so full of joy that we can't keep from leaping and praising God.
When we ask God for help, he gives us what we really need.