In a 12-step addiction recovery program, one of the first steps is recognizing that there is a higher power that can change and give strength to the process. It’s not that we have no power whatsoever to change our lives. When you’re that far down in a hole of addiction or other issues, you often don’t know how to change. All the usual ideas don’t work anymore – it’s what got you there. You crawl into a cocoon alongside others like you, some further along in the process, and you start transforming your life, recognizing that you’re doing some hard work but there is someone else working too, and that someone is able to make bigger and greater change than you could ever hope to make.
When hoping to discover life-giving rhythms, you must also be ready to encounter some mystery.
I’ve found in my own life that when I’ve started making steps toward health and wholeness, that my efforts seem to get compounded. I believe in God as the healer and restorer of all things, including my own life and heart. I’m definitely not going to feed you some prosperity act – “give $10 and God will make it into $1,000,000” – but I am going to say with certainty that the mystery of moving forward often starts with you taking the first step, and God meeting you there to walk with you.
Sometimes I’ve seen mystery in my schedule opening up when I needed some time to breathe and relax. I’ve had others in my community or my workplace take on tasks I hadn’t even asked them to do, taking some of the load that I was carrying. Most of the time, they didn’t even know they were making such a huge difference. I’ve also seen myself change. Attitudes I’d had about how much I could accomplish or negative thoughts I’d struggled with forever started coming to the surface along with the wisdom and understanding to overcome them.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
That first step is hard. There is work to be done. There are changes to be made. You must be intentional, you must make difficult decisions and you must give up things that you thought you needed in exchange for what you really do need.
When you start this work, mystery comes along for the ride.