I’m Glad Dad Can Fix The Plow – Reflections on Principle 2 of Celebrate Recovery

by Bill Peters


Principle 2 of Celebrate Recovery

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover.

“Happy are those how mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.      1 Samuel 16:11-13 (NIV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV


I cannot fix my life when it is broke and only God can. Everyone can have Christ in his or her life and He has a plan for recovery if we will surrender our lives to Him. He makes all things new

I was plowing the new 30 acre field on the farm that Dad had just rented. The ground had laid fallow for over 25 years but Dad told me to take our big D-17 Allis Chalmers tractor with the four bottom plow and go and break the ground. All was going well until I hit a large boulder which was unseen as it laid below ground level. When the plow hit that boulder the tractor suddenly jerked out of control and the front wheels reared and then the plow snapped and broke. When Dad came home from work he found a son sitting by the parked tractor with his head in hands and dejected and not knowing what to do next. Dad said, let’s go son, I will help you recover and fix the plow and we will finish the job. I was sure glad that Dad was there to pick me up. He helped me get the plow fixed so I could finish the job. Every boy needs a dad like that. Everybody needs a God like that too!

Samuel mourned about King Saul’s ungodly approach and attitude in following God’s way. It was a blow to Samuel because Saul had been chosen as his replacement as the Israelites left the time of judges and arrived with their first king. But Saul did not have a whole heart for God and the Israelites were suffering. Samuel blamed himself, perhaps, thinking that he may have not have done everything that he could have to help Saul be a good king. But it was God who chose Saul initially and now it was God who now told Samuel that he had a new person in mind to become king.  The new king would be the youngest shepherd son of Jesse who lived near Bethlehem. God had a plan for recovery if Samuel would listen.

Every believer in Jesus Christ faces hurts from other people or has a hangup which may be an attitude of anger, unforgiveness or fear or has a serious habit or addiction or sin that he or she cannot break from no matter how hard they try. If one earnestly believes in Jesus Christ, knows that He cares, and has the power to overcome these issues, then the hope of recovery has a path to begin. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program to lead you to a path of wholeness and healing in our Lord and we all need Him. All things can become new in Christ.



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