This week we have a great guest post by Ginny Hoffman:
There is a line from a Jars of Clay song that asks "Is there grace for a wayward heart?"
With all the news about the opioid crisis, I was lead to add my story to the discussion.
Mother's Day 2014, my son graduated from Penn State University with a degree in supply chain economics from their prestigious Smeal School of Business. He was 31 years old and about to start his career in Washington DC.
But I need to back about 10 years. I had recently divorced
Ending a 23 year bad marriage that was very difficult for my 3 children. My son was working for a family owned business and became quite close to the young adults who ran the business. They were financially well off, enjoying the success of their father and my son was very impressed by them. Unfortunately, they were using narcotics and were more than willing to share with him. When the law caught up with them, these men fled to Florida and left my son addicted without a source and he turned to heroin.
For all you parents who may be dealing with your child's addiction, I know how very painful this is. And I am so grateful for my faith and God's word that enabled me to endure.
Psalm 27:13-14 (NASB)
13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.
The normal reaction of the world is to have the despair in verse 13
The believer rests on verse 14. WAIT on the
Lord and be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart. Again I say WAIT!
April 2003, I remarried to a wonderful Godly man. He suffered with me and supported me as my son went to rehab 3 times and eventually ended up in jail for 6 months. Upon his release, he came to live with us. He had lost his license. But I allowed him to drive my car to counseling at our church. A few weeks later he totaled my paid off car but thankfully he was not hurt. He was so afraid that my husband would be angry, so he called me first. I told him he had to tell his step dad and be honest. And it was so amazing to see how God worked.
Romans 8:38-39 (NASB)
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
He was immediately forgiven by my husband and truly saw the love of God and the power of forgiveness. Our insurance agent, also a Godly man assured us that our claim would be covered.
Romans 8:28 (NASB)
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
With in the next few days, he was up late reading his bible and writing down scripture that was meaningful to him. He got a job at a local business in our small town and became lifelong friends with the good men who worked there. He soon began to work on his own and with his brother doing painting and construction. Then one day, decided to go to college! There IS grace for a wayward heart!
I remember asking God to protect my son and deliver him from his addiction, but He did so much more!
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NASB)
20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Today he is working and living in DC. He is successful, healthy and clean from drugs. He often tells me how grateful he is for all he has been blessed with.
I know full well that this story could have turned out differently, with a less than happy ending. And to be honest, I don't know how I would have dealt with that. But, the Lord has given me great faith and taught me to rely on him. Most of all I know He loves me and I can trust him. I am so grateful for the love and powerful prayers of so many believers who saw us through.
1 Peter 4:8 (NASB)
8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
And I know that God is Love and His Love endures forever.
His grateful servant,