“You’re looking good Henry, really good.” That’s what my friends on the street tell me now when they see me. But then they’ve seen me pretty sloshed. I’ve had 133 days without alcohol—sober days—and it’s been good.
I came to Olympia from Arkansas and lived on the streets for about 10 months drinking and sleeping anywhere I found a spot to lie down
From others on the street, I learned about the Olympia Union Gospel Mission and began coming here for meals. I appreciated the meals and eventually started volunteering by cleaning up the tables and then serving coffee. Then one day something happened.
I overheard a couple of the men talking about a guy who had left the recovery program. At that moment I wondered if the Lord wanted me to join the Mission’s program. So I said a quick prayer. One guy said, “Let’s go out for a smoke,” so we did and all of a sudden he said, “You ought to join the Mission’s program, it would do you good.” That was the confirmation I needed. I joined up and have been here about 4 ½ months.
The Lord has been turning my life around. I’ve been learning a lot about patience, but even more I’ve needed to learn about trust and understand that God knows best and His timing is the best. I like myself better now, and so do others. Like I say, God’s been turning me around.
I know I’m right where God wants me to be. He reassures me in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I made a serious commitment to God. I consult God first before I do something. He’s my leader—He shows me where the next step is to be. I’m finding I enjoy letting God lead.