A miracle is “
“Don’t quit before the miracle” is something a person who is struggling in AA may hear. Behind it is the hope and belief that continuing on in AA will bring about the miracle of recovery. My recovery is a miracle. I was on the brink of death from drinking too much, and I’ve now abstained for 32 years. A miracle.
I have experienced another kind of miracle in the program. For years I was driven to AA with the desperate hope that I could find sobriety there. I needed to stop drinking and I needed the program to get me there, because I couldn’t stop without it, on my own. But at some point, and I don’t know when, I came to want the program and the people and the meetings and the books. Now, if another kind of miracle offered me sobriety without the program of AA, I wouldn’t take it. I want the program now. And that’s my second miracle, the one that keeps my coming back. I also wouldn’t “cure” my alcoholism. I’d keep it. All of my happiness has come from there.
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” ~2 Corinthians 12:7-10