Wednesday, June 8, 2011
They arrived one by one driven by the decisions that they had made. For some it had only been months but for many it had been years. It all started with a first and then progressed into an addiction that was seemingly unstoppable. However, now a circle was formed and each one took their seat.
I was humbled and honored when invited by a dear friend to join their circle for an evening honoring her completion of intervention. Each one took a moment to share their inner feelings. The tears could not be stopped as I heard story after story from beautiful women sharing little portions from their lives. Stories that told of events that ultimately drove them into making some wrong decisions and thus brought them to the circle.
My heart was experiencing quite a collection of emotions as I listened to each one. I felt sadness for all they had gone through ushering them into their various addictions. I felt conviction for not being more aware of so many hurting people and not doing more to help them. I also felt such respect for them walking weekly to the circle and taking their seat as they began the journey of correcting their wrong.
I was then asked to share what was on my heart to these ladies. I began with how we all started out in life…………….
Each baby has more than enough willing arms available to hold them. It seems that all they know how to do is to eat and sleep, but as the months pass the built in desire to stand independently takes over and every chance they have to pull themself up on their feet is taken.
Each attempt at standing is quickly followed by a drop to the floor. However, the ready arms that once carried them are now reaching down to stand them up again. When their legs are strong enough to take their first step the arms are there once again to steady them and help them with each step. They will fall again and may not be strong enough to pull themselves back up but the willing arms to help are right within their reach.
That is what the circle is for. It is placing yourself in the view of willing arms that will help hold you up, pick you up, and steady you for your next step.
Have you walked to the circle? We all have made poor decisions and have had some tough curves come into our journey of life. I admonished us all today to surround ourselves with a circle of support that will be within our reach in order to pick us up each time we need it…we ALL need it.
New International Version (NIV)
25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.