Some things just don’t make sense. Let’s consider just a few examples.
There is no egg in eggplant, no ham in hamburgers, and no pine or apple in pineapples. English muffins were not invented in England, and French fries were not invented in France. Quicksand takes you down slowly, and boxing rings are square. Vegetarians eat vegetables, but humanitarians rarely eat humans. People recite at a play, but play at a recital. We park on driveways, but drive on parkways. A house burns up as it burns down, and you fill in a form by filling it out.
It is because life doesn’t always make sense that the Scripture says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
Let’s apply that to addiction. What doesn’t make sense is that we can achieve just about everything we accomplish in this life through our own intelligence and hard work. Good grades in school, a job well done at work, losing 20 pounds – these are all the result of figuring out a plan and then implementing that plan. In other words, effort = success.
But then we come to recovery, where surrender = success. We must surrender to God completely, daily, consistently. We must lean not on our own understanding. Rather, we must trust in the Lord with all our hearts.
Recovery Step: Do you want lasting recovery? Then do what doesn’t come naturally. Surrender completely to God.