A Gradual Miracle
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.
Some of us have a spiritual awakening that's sudden. We're jolted to our senses—like being awakened by a splash of ice-cold water. For others of us the change is more gradual. We have a hard time shaking loose the darkness of our past. But whether we awoke in an instant or gradually, we have a valid message to take to others.
"Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man's eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, ‘Can you see anything now?' The man looked around. ‘Yes,' he said, ‘I see people, but I can't see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.' Then Jesus placed his hands on the man's eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly. Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Don't go back into the village on your way home' " (Mark 8:23-26).
This miracle sounds like a messy process. It didn't all happen in an instant, but this doesn't make the story any less important. It's in the Bible right along with all the stories of instantaneous healing (see Matthew 9:27-31). If our awakening and recovery have taken a long and messy process, we still need to tell others. There are those who think there's something wrong with them because their recovery isn't a "sudden miracle." By hearing our stories of gradual recovery, they will be encouraged.
A gradual miracle is no less a miracle than an instant one.
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.