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Waves of Peace

I went to a great meeting last night.  One of the women there (who just celebrated 10 years of consistent abstinence) shared about how she was meditating and realized that she doesn’t talk about God enough.  She said, “My Higher Power saw me through all this time.  You’d think I’d mention that part of my recovery a little more often.”

Her share made me think about Step 3 in the OA 12 & 12.  Part of it says, “Once we compulsive overeaters truly take the third step, we cannot fail to recover.”  OA 12 & 12 Pg 27

This quote is clever because of one single word: truly.

In my recovery, I have made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God…but, how many times have I changed my mind?

I’ve caught myself thinking, “Well, I can control this,” or “I want the outcome my way,” and especially, “That’s not fair.”  The less I am willing to give control over to my Higher Power the more calamity and stress I will endure.

Food is but a symptom of my real problem – and my problem is a spiritual malady.  If ever I am wronged (be it real or in my skewed perception) and not working my OA program I am quick to grab for that sugary item so that I might feel better.  However, if truly I work the 3rd step of OA I get to find relief by living in God’s will.

“We have what we need any time we are willing to let go of self-will and humbly ask for help.”  OA 12 & 12 Pg 27 

Spiritual peace sometimes comes in waves.  It can feel like I’m splashing around at the beach as comes roaring a frothy tide, nearly drowning from a tsunami, or sitting by a calm and still lake.  The more I actively work Step 3 (all that means is to pray, “God, please help me do your will.”) the less waves I will have to endure.  I want my serenity to be gentle and consistent.  How willing am I to stop playing God and to start living recovery?

 Thanks for reading my post!  See you at the next meeting!

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