Spirituality & Faith

Trusting God in Recovery

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I believe trusting God is about letting go of my attachment to security. This doesn’t mean I must quit my job and sell all of my belongings (although I am kind of doing this right now); but rather, I feel it means I must be able to keep going and keep trusting even when things aren’t going as I’d hoped.

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How can we trust God? What does it even mean?

I believe trusting God is about letting go of my attachment to security. This doesn’t mean I must quit my job and sell all of my belongings (although I am kind of doing this right now); but rather, I feel it means I must be able to keep going and keep trusting even when things aren’t going as I’d hoped.

In recovery security is important. Feeling safe and supported is vital. But just as a baby bird needs to leave the safety of the nest to risk learning to fly, there comes a point where we need to prayerfully discern what God is asking of us and then trust that stepping out of our comfort zone may be what God wants us to do.

It won’t be easy. If you are waiting for the day it will be easy you may be waiting forever.

There is no rush and it is important to keep praying as you decide on your next step; but if you are beginning to feel a desire to do something but feel afraid to do it because you are still in recovery, don’t ignore the desire. Bring it to God and listen.

Today I am leaving Cape Town. I’ve lived here for eight years but during a recent trip to Europe I felt it was time for me to move on. I’m not even sure what I need to move on to, but when I look at my life and look at my hopes and desires, leaving Cape Town seems like the right decision.


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It’s terrifying. It was just over a year ago when London chewed me up and spat me out again and left me to put my life back together. I came home to Cape Town to recover and find safety. This was an excellent decision. That said, it could seem like a bad idea to want to head back to Europe now; but I guess this is where the trust comes in.

I believe God wants me to go to Europe and has a purpose for me going there.

I may not completely understand or even trust myself but if it is what God wants, I trust His will. It doesn’t mean I won’t face tough times or difficulties but in trusting God’s will for me to be there, I hope I can find the strength in those hard times.

I want to emphasize the idea of discernment.

When I say God wants me to go to Europe, I don’t mean He spoke to me in a dream. I mean, as I’ve held up my options and my situation in prayer, Europe feels like the right way to go. It doesn’t mean I am certain of this, but I am listening to the promptings in my heart. I am looking at what brings me peace, what excites me, what challenges me, and asking God to guide me.

So pray for me as I step out of the boat. It comes to mind that Peter left the security of the boat during the storm but in doing so, he was moving closer to Jesus.

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain
where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that
I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am
actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that
I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that
desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the
right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I
will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the
shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and
you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
-Thomas Merton – Thoughts on Solitude

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Sebastian is learning life by living it. Born in Zimbabwe, High Schooled in Zambia, and living in Cape Town, he isn’t really sure what to say when people ask, “Where are you from?” Seb went to Film School in Cape Town and has worked as a video editor for the last four years. He has battled with anxiety his whole life and has been through two severe episodes, experiencing intrusive thoughts and depression. He is on the road of recovery and has found that peace and a life free of fear is possible.

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