Everyone in recovery has experienced the anxiety of walking through the doors of recovery for the first time. We shared the same thoughts and emotions of entering a new and strange situation. None of us were prepared to enter the unfamiliar territory of recovery. We were new and, worse still, everyone knew that we were new. There was no hiding that we had something going on in our lives that was bigger than we were, and we needed help.
God understands what it’s like to be new. Christ came into the world as an infant and moved into the neighborhood. Nothing would ever be the same again. As it turned out, a lot of the neighbors were upset about Christ coming in and disrupting their lives. There is nothing like someone new moving into a neighborhood and causing a huge disturbance.
When Christ comes into our lives, He causes a huge disturbance. What we were once comfortable with, we no longer want in our lives. Recovery is messy business. All the stuff that’s been hidden down deep is brought to the surface and exposed. When Christ takes up residence in our hearts, He throws out everything that is unnecessary. This process causes unrest in those around us who have become comfortable with the status quo. Christ came to comfort the uncomfortable and make the comfortable, uncomfortable. Christ is exactly what we have always needed, someone who will shake up the neighborhood.
Written by Jackell