Special from the Adams Rescue Mission
By Lex McMillan
(Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC, 1973).
His excitement was evident as he reflected on the painful years of avoiding what was now perfectly clear to him: God took everything away from him so that he would recognize that only through complete surrender would he find his way.
“When you think you have nothing,” he said, “the Lord will provide.” He was confident that God had brought him to the Adams Rescue Mission last April. After years of pain and suffering, he has found not just a safe shelter but hope
Raised by his loving mother and her parents, he finished high school in South Carolina and won a scholarship to play college basketball. Although he played for five years, he never graduated. In college, he began to drink heavily and use drugs. He developed chronic pancreatitis, which is very painful. He became addicted to OxyContin. When he could no longer get the pain-relieving medicine, he began making Crystal Meth for his personal use, a felony in South Carolina. He got arrested but rather than prison time, was committed for two years to a “Bible-based rehabilitation program,” where he took classes, studied the Bible, and met the woman who would become his wife in 2017.
He was working, going to church, and things seemed okay, but he began drinking again. Thinking he could manage alcohol if he just stayed away from drugs, he knows now how wrong he was. The drinking “took over,” as he put it. He had a stroke and crashed while driving at excessive speed. His wife left him and returned to her home in Pennsylvania; the state took the children, giving them to his wife’s mother as guardian.
When he had recovered from his injuries, he headed to Pennsylvania to be near his wife and kids, but he had not yet hit the bottom. He got a job in Hanover but started drinking again. He doesn’t even recall how it happened, but he apparently fell, hit his head, and some neighbors called 911. While recovering from his head injury, he finally realized he had to submit. He Googled “shelter” and found the Adams Rescue Mission.
Although recently turned down for a promising job because of his criminal record, he has accepted the disappointment. “I’m just rowing the boat now,” he said. “The Lord is steering.” He has discovered the joy of surrender to God’s will, feels confident and full of hope. He’s working on his marriage and back in his children’s lives. His vision is to love his wife like Christ loves the Church.
The Adams Rescue Mission exists to proclaim the passion of Jesus toward the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted; to accelerate recovery and restoration to the least, last, lonely, and lost. Lex McMillan is an ARM board member.
To support the Mission: http://www.adamsrescuemission.org/donate-now.