The GOMU god…

 

FullCircle L!FE Recovery:                                                       A Step Three Meditational Reading

GOMU: “God of My Understanding” – Step 3 – WE DECIDE to surrender our wills and our lives to God as He reveals Himself to us.  

There is a story about a mom and her little boy, on the way home from church.  “What did you learn in Sunday School today, Son?” Mom asked.  The boy answered with excitement, “I learned God’s first name!”  Mom said, “Are you sure?  I don’t think that God has a first name.”  The boy said adamantly, “Well, God’s first name is Andy, Mom, Andy!”  Mom continued to look puzzled until the boy started singing, “And He walks with me and He talks with me.  And He tells me I am His own.  And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”(Chorus of Just A Closer Walk With Thee)

If we were not raised in the 1900’s in a family that liked gospel music, we may not get the point.  That’s ok, because we all are at different places in our understanding of who God is.  Like the mom in the story, we have God in a limited box.  We understand Him only by what we have been taught and seen demonstrated by broken people.  Like the little boy, we need a childlike faith to believe that God wants to be in a “first-name basis” relationship with us.  He wants to spend time with us and fill us with inexpressible joy – such that would heal any addiction, fear or pain.

Most recovery programs, especially those following AA’s 12 Steps, begin by embracing the facts that our lives are a mess, Step One; that only Someone greater than us all can change that, Step Two; and that we must become willing to turn ourselves over to Him, Step Three.  These Big Book facts are in agreement with God’s Book.

We know that we are without hope and help.  We see the evidence of the addictions, fears and brokenness through the things with which we suffer daily.  We have been limited by “The GOMU God.”  Limited by our inability to grasp, our reluctance and our fear, we have made outright refusals to believe He is Who He says He is in His Book.  GOMU has been a god that we shaped in our own image.  And if we hate ourselves, probably, we hate this god who made us.

We were welcomed to Full-Circle-L!FE Recovery with an invitation to “COME: Because there is HOPE for the Captive.”  Full-circle means to start where you are and end up who you are supposed to be.  So GOMU is where we start our spiritual encounter.  He doesn’t change.  Our “understanding” of Him will change and keep changing.  We will know Him by first name.  We will know that He knows our first name.  We will know that He understands every single thing about us.  We will begin to believe that He loves us without any conditions.

This knowledge will give us such an indescribable courage to be changed by His loving power.  We will be set free.  We will be healed!

BIBLE VERSE: Ephesians 1:17 – 19NLT, “I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.  I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance.  I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him.”:

                                                                                                                                                                                              

PRAYER: “God, please teach us Who You are so that we will know You, believe You, and permit You to break the chains of our addictions, so that we will be set free and be healed in every broken place.  Amen!”

DISCUSSION: Ask your Sponsor/Mentor or someone you respect how their “understanding” of God changed them.  Begin keeping a log or journal of the little and big changes you are seeing in yourself.  Share these changes with someone who needs hope.                                                                                                                                           MLA, 5/8/2015