We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.
The road that leads to recovery is often uncharted and dangerous. We may have been born into a family that was lost in a maze of dysfunction, and we have had to look for the way out. There are times of need, times of fear, times when we wonder if there is a God out there who cares at all.
The Israelites who were born in the wilderness must have experienced similar feelings. Their parents had sinned and were left to wander in the wilderness for forty years. The new generation had spent much of their lives going nowhere, and for no fault of their own. When the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land, Moses showed how even there, God's care was present. He said, "Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock! He fed you with manna in the wilderness . . . to humble you and test you for your own good" (Deuteronomy 8:15-16).
Even when we seem lost, God is watching over us to protect our lives until we can get to a better place. He does take care of us in ways we may take for granted. Peter tells us, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you" (1 Peter 5:7). Just being alive and in recovery shows that God cares for our lives!
When lost in our personal deserts, we can be sure God is never far away.