Sometimes God let's you hit rock bottom
so that you will discover that
He is the rock at the bottom.
August 14, 2013
“If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner. If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back. Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it.” — Deuteronomy 22:1–3
My mother would talk about her preteen years in Rutherford County, North Carolina and being in charge of the chickens on her family's farm. She would tell me about these two mean boys in the neighborhood who would take advantage of her as a small young girl. They would play tricks on her and steal the family's chickens and take them to their home. This was a real hardship for her family with three children. She spoke of how she would try to catch the boys and the tricks she played on them.
One day, a merchant was on his way to the market when he put down his bag of chickens next to a dilapidated house and went through the neighborhood in search of some food. The man got his food, but then he couldn’t find the house where he had left his chickens. That night, Mama's mother heard the chickens and brought them into her home. To make a long story short, my Mama and her family cared for the chickens, awaiting the return of their owner, for many years. During that time, the chickens laid many eggs. Mama's family could not afford eggs, and here their whole yard was covered in them! But Mama's Mother, Amanda Festis, would not touch them because the eggs did not belong to her. Those eggs became more chickens, and soon there were so many chickens. My grandmother being a very astute business woman had to trade them in for goats, which became more goats, until there was a large herd. One day, a man was walking by their house in Rutherford County, N. C. and said, “That’s the house! That’s where I lost my chickens many years ago!” Well, Amanda Festis heard the man’s words and quickly opened the door. “If you are the man who left chickens here, I have something to show you …” And with that Amanda Festis gave the man a small fortune, an entire herd of goats! This story represents the value that Mama's family placed on returning lost items. It stems from this verse which states that if a person sees someone else’s ox or sheep straying, he is to return it or bring it back to his home until the owner comes to claim it. The verse says, “Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it.” We are not allowed to look the other way when we stumble upon a lost item. Rather, we must take immediate action to find the owner. So, we care for another’s lost objects, like we hope someone would do for us. The saying "finders keepers, losers weepers", is not what the scriptures teach. As a counselor, many of my theft offenders have the mind-set that the saying is the way life should be. Next time you find a lost object, think of Mama's family and go the extra mile (or more!) to return the object in good condition to its owner. It’s a priceless opportunity to fulfill God’s instructions.
MY LOVE & PRAYERS, EVA FRANKLIN-GREGORY, MEd., MA, MCCC, LCDC, CART, AADC, ICCJAP
A STORY OF RECOVERY
I WALK DOWN A STREET
I DO NOT KNOW WHERE I AM AT
THERE IS A BIG HOLE THAT I DO NOT SEE
I FALL IN
I CAN'T GET OUT
SOMEONE HELPS ME OUT
I WALK DOWN THE SAME STREET
I STILL DON'T KNOW WHERE I AM AT
I SEE THE BIG HOLE THIS TIME
I STILL FALL IN
I CAN GET OUT ON MY OWN
I WALK DOWN THE SAME STREET
I KNOW WHERE I AM AT
I SEE THE BIG HOLE
I WALK AROUND IT
I WALK DOWN A DIFFERENT STREET
This gives us a short story of an example of the process of addiction, relapse, and recovery.
Remember, just start around the wheel again.