One beautiful Sunday fall morning in my early recovery, I wanted to reward myself for uh... acting like an adult for an entire week.
So I purchased a last-minute ticket to a pro football game.
At the stadium I found myself surrounded by a crowd of drunks. It was so toxic, I wanted to leave.
I immediately prayed to my Higher Power. I said, “I’m sorry, this was stupid.”
All of a sudden, a guy sat down next to me. I didn’t say hello because I was brooding, but I noticed that he put a bottle of water in his cup holder.
“Hey,” I said, “73,000 people and I sit next to the only other person in this section drinking water!”
The guy gave me a smile from ear to ear and asked, “Are you a friend of Bill’s?”
We both laughed and talked and had a great time.
My friend was from out of town and had bought a solo ticket at the last minute.
I guess our Higher Power knew what we both needed that day.
When I took the train home that night, I realized that my Higher Power has a keen interest in my character, not my comfort, and if I ask for help with humility, he can do things for me that I cannot do for myself. Or should I say, in spite of myself.
“God could and would if he were sought.”
Robert W. Marshall, N.C (COPIED WITH PERMISSION FROM GRAPEVINE MAGAZINE