Voices of Recovery today quotes the 12&12 of OA, Page 49-50, “…our fears usually stem from our inability to trust that our basic needs will be met.”  Yesterday I lost the job assignment that introduced me to the 12 Steps, and I said, “No matter what happens, God is in charge; and I’m alright with that.”  I am trusting my Higher Power, not food to restore me to sanity and provide for my needs.  “Food provides fuel for my body – nothing else” (VOR, p. 278)  God even provides that food!


Proverbs 4:20, 22, “My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words…  …for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.”  I wish I could copy today’s whole chapter of Proverbs for committing to memory.  It is filled with direction, focus, level paths, straight ways, and wisdom’s call.  These two verse, though, speak directly to me by my Father, and seem to be written to me in my current darkness, to encourage me to soldier on toward the light.  Yesterday, I prayed God would reveal to me the next most difficult right thing.  Now His is motivating me toward it.


Ruth Chapter One introduces Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi.  Verse 16 is Ruth’s famous plea following the death of her husband, “Don’t urge me to leave you or turn back from you.  Where you will go I will go, and where you will stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.”  My prayer is that I may have the willingness and commitment Ruth had to follow wherever my Father leads me.  Uncertainty seems to be the fire that tests the mettle of faith.  Lead on, Holy Spirit, lead on!  For where you will go I will go and where you will stay I will stay.


Courage to face each day has replaced the fears and uncertainties of earlier years.  Acceptance of things as they are has replaced the old impatient champing at the bit to conquer the world.  I have stopped tilting at windmills, and instead have tried to accomplish the little daily tasks that are an integral part of living fully.”  (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Ed., p. 266, “He Sold Himself Short”)