As I stated in y last post I will also be sharing some other events that has happened since the Lord had saved me from a near alcoholic death. Over the past 7 years there has been some amazing adventures and well, perplexing events and interesting things, to say the least. These posts are in no way chronological order like the others were. I just wanted you to understand the seriousness of alcoholism and the road it can lead you on and the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. My hope is that someone reading may wake up and say “enough is enough!” The disease of addiction kills 156 people a day,(just an estimate, the last time I checked that was the correct number.) So now on to some fun stuff!
April of 2005 brought sunshine and wonder for this once lost and all but forgotten former drunk. I was 5 months sober at the time and just came off a weekend retreat that blew my mind and Jesus breathed the breath of life into me big time. So as they say,”being on fire for the Lord” I was and then some. I wanted to tell everyone and that’s just what I did. It was a great feeling to be able to look this world of ours in the eye and say”I don’t play by your rules anymore!” For I had given my life to Christ and His way was my main concern now.
About the last weekend in April we had planned a big cook out and whats called a speaker meeting in AA, to kickoff the spring and bring in a great summer. We had planned this for a month or so and I was excited because I had a chance to meet some other AA’s, or people in AA from other groups. I liked meeting new people just for the fact I was still young in sobriety and wisdom and knowledge I was welcoming from anyone. My group was hosting the event so we provided the meat and other brought a dish to pass.
It was a fine day whether wise and people started to show up in a hurry. We cooked and ate and mingled all day then around 2 or so the speaker gave his lead.(In AA giving a lead is the same as a testimony). I remember the speaker was well dressed and looked rested and younger than what his age said. Being sober has its perks especially health wise! He gave a great lead and when he was done i went to find him for we had a story kind of similar and I wanted to gain some wisdom from this man. (Now at this point there was probably 50 or so at the meeting with a lot of people who had multiple years of sobriety, so tapping into their wisdom was a main goal of mine.)
When the speaker had finished people started leaving for it was late in the afternoon. About the same time some of the guests were leaving we heard some yelling coming from inside the house. A couple of the members had gotten into a little “spat” and one of them called the police. “Hmm I thought, the cops are coming and I don’t have anything to worry about!” I thought to my self as I seen the first cop arrive. A short time later a second showed up, and they did their Big Investigation”. I had no worries for I had been sober for a few months and my “case” was in another state, which by being sober and God leading the way was being taken care of. So no worries for this guy, right?
The officers went to everyone their and asked for their I.D. or drivers license which was no problem because I had a state issued I.D. at the time so I wasn’t worried. I gave them mine and struck up a conversation with a gentleman that had 28 years plus sobriety! “A well of knowledge” I thought listening to him. Then I felt a tap on my shoulder, I turned around and it was the first officer on the scene. “Mr. Craig, can I speak with you a moment please?” He inquired. My sponsor saw what was happening and together we followed the cop to his car.
“Mr. Craig, do you know you have an outstanding bench warrant for your arrest, its six and a half years old?” My sponsor looked at me, and I at him, then to the officer and with a calm voice “No officer I wasn’t aware of a bench warrant”. (The warrant was six and a half years old, 7 years i found out and they expire. This was from not finishing certain requirements when I got my first D.U.I) “Sir, I’m going to have to take you to jail”. He said kind of sadly because he knew I was sober, but he was only doing his job.
HA! So I went to jail at an AA meeting, sober!!! But this time was different because I was willing to go to take care of some unfinished business from the past. Fortunately, i was there about 15 minutes or so and my sponsor and his wife came and bailed me out. And by the Grace of God when I went to court, the bail money payed for the fines and it was done. Actually, it was a really good feeling taking car of a prick from the past, that just meant i didn’t have to deal with it any in the future. God is so AMAZING!!
So Ya see, there has been some perplexing events since I’ve been sober and I wouldn’t have been able to handle it the way I did if it wasn’t for Christ. Jesus that day gave me a piece beyond all understanding and I knew what I had to do. He’s a loving God and when were obedient to what He says, the outcome is usually really awesome.
The purpose of this post is to show that actually funny and crazy things happen when following the Lord, but in the end, it’s all worth it. Because about 6 months later, I became friends with the same Judge that had my case! Coming from seeing a different judge every other week or so to being friends with one, yup that’s the hand of God right there!
Check back next time and hear about a trip that my sponsor and I made to Wyoming. Thanks for reading!! Be Blessed!!!
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. -James 1:2-3
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