Alcoholics Anonymous

Published May 8th, 2021 by Thomas Gilman

God works in ways we can’t always comprehend. This is because He is the Supreme Creator and He has a plan for each one of us. Most of us don’t take the time to sit in stillness to hear what He is telling us. So when we don’t take the time to listen to Him he gets our attention in creative ways.

For some, God burdens us with an addiction. We sit and ask ‘Why God? Why do You burden me with this?’. Part of the healing process for one with addiction issues is entering Alcoholics Anonymous to help overcome this addiction. The addict enters this program for help. Help to fix a symptom. Once they enter the doors of a meeting they begin to find not a fix for the symptom, but they find the root of the whole issue. They strayed from God. They find God! God says, ‘Hey, child, now you see and hear Me. Welcome back to My flock. Let me help you fix this issue at its root.’. The addict refused to listen so God used His creative Spirit to get the addict's attention in order to bring the lost sheep back to His flock.

Much like the addict, my journey to God and healing on all planes, of this world and the next, has been the work of His creation. He never granted me my prayers until I LISTENED to Him and made STILLNESS a priority. He struck my foot down with injury so I would be humbled, so I would listen to the body He gave me. My body was crying out to be taken care of, but I kept refusing. I came to LA to fix my foot, a symptom. I’m leaving LA after a physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional journey that has allowed me to realize the foot was just a symptom. The issues were much deeper. We can’t just look at the symptoms and attempt to fix them. Soon enough another symptom will appear and we will continue to chase our tail until we get to the root of the issue. I’m grateful for my inner circle and God and the opportunities they have presented me in order to heal the way God intended… on all planes! Physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional.

Thanks be to God for all His creative ways and to all the mothers and soon-to-be mothers! Happy Mother’s Day!

TP Gilman

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