Several months back I had the opportunity to attend a Drug Court Graduation ceremony. Below is my original post about that evening:
Friday, June 5, 2015 I had the privilege of attending the Benton County Drug Court Graduation Banquet. Let me share with you some things I heard at that blessed event:
“Man, can you believe you’ve been clean for 22 months?”
“Every morning I used to buy a gallon of liqueur and 1/4 pound of meth. Now I buy a gallon of milk and 1/4 pound hamburger.”
“Drug court saved my marriage and kept my family together.”
“I want people to see me and be a witness of God’s grace in me.”
“Hope and second chances is what drug court is all about.”
There was more excitement at that graduation than most high school graduations. These graduates have completed the four phases of Drug Court and it takes, at least, a year to complete. This is not a quick fix, this is a tedious process that gives the addict resources and accountability to make them clean and sober and changed–for life.
I met one former graduate that has been clean for six years. She told me drug court saved her family. Her grown children are back in her life and thanks God and Drug Court for the last six years of her life. She still deals with the consequences of her past; with a felony on her record it’s hard to find a job and good housing. But you know what? She’s in the last year of getting her bachelor’s degree and her hope is to work in Drug Court and help others upon graduation.
I walked away from that event witnessing God’s grace and the many second chances He gives us…no matter what we’ve done in our past.
At the very beginning of God’s Word He says, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us…” You can find that in Genesis 1:26. The very first chapter of the very first book of His Word, God makes sure we know that “human beings” are made in His image. God made you to be you. Nothing in your life takes Him by surprise. Be encouraged today that God is a God of second chances. You will still deal with the consequences of your decisions but rest assured that God is with you and ultimately it will all be for His glory.
Since attending drug court I have had the opportunity to meet ladies that hope to go through Drug Court because they’ve seen the good it can do. I’ve heard addicts thank their arresting officer and judge for sentencing them the way they did. I often quote a woman I met in a prison Bible study that said, “Who would have thought I would have found more freedom when all my freedoms were taken away?” People get saved behind bars. God does not leave you when you get convicted of a crime. God does not leave you when you are in a drunk tank. God does not leave you when you watch your child walk away in hand cuffs. God does not leave you when your family has finally had enough. He’s there. Still pursuing you.
God never leaves us…we’re the ones that leave Him. He’s always waiting for us.