Clearing the Mess
We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
In many ways Step Seven represents a turning point in our recovery. It forms a bridge between the inner work of the first six steps and the final steps, which emphasize outer work—changes in behavior. Our shortcomings may seem to clutter the road out of our past. Just because we're working the steps doesn't mean that our lives are as they should be. Will God really come into the mess and lead us out?
"God says, ‘Rebuild the road! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity.' The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: ‘I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. . . . I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them. I will comfort those who mourn" (Isaiah 57:14-15, 18).
God is a great help when it comes to clearing the way to a better future. He looks forward to removing our shortcomings so that we can better avoid being tripped up. When we come to him with humility, admitting that we still struggle with many of our shortcomings, he refreshes us and gives us the courage we need to go on. He isn't put off by the things we do. He sees what we do, but chooses to heal us anyway! He'll keep leading us toward recovery, one step at a time. He'll comfort us when we face sorrow and walk with us all the way.
God has seen the things we do, and he promises to heal us anyway!