Being outside the will of God is like being marooned alone on an island. We do what we need to do in order to survive. On this island, we become very good at managing to continue despite the hardships we endure. There are times we might even marvel at our abilities to press forward and continue to overcome obstacles. The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter how good we are at staying alive, we are still just surviving and not living our lives to the full. We are in constant need of being rescued.
We have a conflict in our thinking; we all want to be rescued, but we don’t necessarily want a rescuer. Because of our pride and arrogance, we want to be the ones who rescue ourselves. The problem is we can’t rescue ourselves. We need a rescuer. Christ has to be the one who saves us from isolation, misery, hardships, and self-doubt. Without Christ, we are left stranded and lost.
Recovery is how Christ is rescuing us. Our recovery groups are like ships that come to take us away from those lonely, deserted lives where we were just existing. We have been rescued from our islands of despair. Life is no longer about merely surviving, but it is now about thriving. Christ has rescued us, and now we are a part of His rescue party, searching for others who are drifting and marooned.
Written by Jackell.