We find these interesting words of wisdom in the Bible.
“He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good” (Ecclesiastes 11:4-6).
John A. Shedd said it like this: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
Life is all about taking calculated risks. We must avoid the two ditches on either side of the road: (a) calculated, (b) risks. Success is found in the middle: calculated risks.
What the writer of Ecclesiastes is telling us is that while it is wise to calculate our next move, there are times when we must step out by faith, trusting that “God will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves” (Promise #12, AA).
This is the dance between “my will” and “God’s will,” aka “Turning my will over to God” (Step 3). A life of successful recovery requires us to trust our God, our therapist, our sponsor, and our program. Even when we can’t see the invisible link between sowing and reaping, we must trust that it is there.
Recovery Step: Helen Keller said, “Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” So go ahead. Take a step toward recovery that you may not yet fully understand.