It has been a difficult week for our family. It began when we took our son to self-surrender, thinking that doing the right thing would help him to continue on the right path to living a clean and healthy life.
What we didn’t count on was the events that occurred while he was held in jail on a bond that was excessive when taking his case history into consideration. I will be sharing the nightmare that ensued and that led to my son’s seizure while in jail, after his court appearance this next week.
Today I want to share with you how I am seeing God’s Hand at work in all of this.
While we were struggling through the trials of last week, and while trying to stay strong for our son, I asked my family and friends for prayers for my son…..I believe strongly in the power of prayer and that through prayer we find strength and comfort. And my family and friends came through for us, praying for my son, our family and for those involved in my son’s case.
I could feel their prayers.
And I know God heard all of the prayers.
And it was through those prayers and our own that we were able to make the decisions we needed to make and that we were able to find the help we needed at that moment.
We were able to bond our son out of jail late at night, and he was thrilled to see us. I expected that due to his experience, that my son would need some time to recover and that he would not want to jump right into all that he needed to do for his recovery, at least not for a few days……I was wrong.
The long drive home after picking him up was filled with conversation and planning.
And then my son jumped right in, the next morning. I have been amazed every day since we brought him home from jail at the transformation going on in his life, his attitude and his actions.
My son started his outpatient treatment the very next day. He made his appointments to get his meds back and to take care of himself…..no prompting, he just did them!
For years we have had to nag him to do anything…..and now he is doing those things. What happened?
He is clean! He cares. He is engaged and trying now. He wants this now.
And I can see that God has His hand in this…..that God has been watching over him, bringing people into his life and answering my prayers.
My son is not only going to treatment now, but he has also started his community service…..at a church!
When my son received the call yesterday to let him know where he had been assigned for his community service, I could hear the determination in his voice to start and finish this aspect of his probation. Then he told me where he would be doing his community service hours…..a church, just down the road from us. A church that has a Recovery program. A church that has programs for supporting addicts and their families.
Yes, God has His hands in this!
I have prayed, daily, that God would find a way to reach my son, to touch his heart and to bring people into his life that will help him to become the person he was always meant to be and to help him to have the life he was meant to live.
My prayers are being answered. Though my son would say that it is the universe that is playing a role in all of this…..I KNOW different. I KNOW that God is there with us, and has been every step of the way. And I KNOW that my faith is what is getting me through this and keeping me going. And I KNOW that God is with my son, protecting and providing for him.
As I dropped my son off at the church this morning, I sat there and watched him walk inside. And I smiled.
As I drove away I said to God, “You work in mysterious ways! Thank you!”
And then I started to breathe again……