She just stood there and wept. Tears running down her cheeks. She’d reach up to gently wipe them off only to have more instantly reappeared.
She began sharing about her addiction. Drugs and alcohol. And the insurmountable obstacles she faces in her life.
It’s not so easy to just enter a rehab program, she tells us. Addictions are dark and heavy – so dark that she was willing to leave her three children. “WHO does that,” she cries. She hates herself and the choices she’s made. But she has to have the drugs and alcohol to turn the tricks and feels trapped. She feels like every car she gets into might be her last – she never knows which john might be dangerous and hurt her, or even kill her.
But at the same time, she knows the Lord and cries out to him. While other girls simply took a gift bag and walked away quickly from us, she stayed and chatted for almost a half hour. “If humiliating myself and humbling myself by crying and being a fool is what it takes for God to get my attention, then I am going to sit here and cry and receive prayer.” She believes God is real and every time she runs into us feels he is calling to her, pursuing her, but she just lacks the strength to make the changes she needs to in her life and face the obstacles holding her back. She prayed with us that one day the Lord would make the taste of alcohol horrible to her lips.
We prayed with her. We cried with her. We embraced her. We let her know that being a slave to your addictions is powerful and horrible and difficult. And we don’t want her to deal with it alone. We want to walk with her – even before she’s ready to go into a rehab program.
“Even though you might not see my life changing what you are doing is changing me. Just to know that someone cares enough to come out here for us, nobody does that, not even our families.”
It’s not a word for word quote, but it’s close. She told us last night that she’d been out on that track for three years and that we’d been there with her all those years. And she was grateful.
Consistency. Sometimes it’s the most powerful thing you can do – more powerful than any statement you could make or advice you could give. It is a really long road to recovery. These women have learned not to trust people in their life, so we have learned to be consistent in building a relationship with them week after week and week and year after year.
I pray consistency for you in 2014. In whatever area of your life you need it. May you be faithful, even in the smallest of things, and trust the Lord to do his good work.
Christ with us, Christ before us, Christ in us.
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