Monday, September 26, 2011

Come Monday...Hickory Wind Ranch

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about,  websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

My wife and I have both shied away from watching [A&E’s Intervention].  For we both have our own personal experiences with substance abuse and addiction, and from what we have seen of the show,  it is most definitely a “real-life” show—certainly not a “reality” one in the same way as far too many others are.

So, if this show is too painfully real for us to watch from afar, just think what it is like on the frontline of this battlefield?  Thankfully, there are those like at the [Hickory Wind Ranch] in the trenches.

Be assured that work in this field is a calling from our Heavenly Father—regardless of whether or not this is actually recognized.  For only He can deliver someone out of such an enslavement, and only He can provide the enormous amount of patience and understanding until it happens.

No, not all who seek will find His deliverance.  For it is written: Whoever has ears, let them hear.  “If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go.  If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.  This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people. [Revelation 13:9-10 NIV]

Nonetheless, that does not mean that those who do not find deliverance in this world face eternal damnation.  For it is also written: Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.  No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. [1 Corinthians 10:12-13 NAS]

Alas, all is not as it naturally seems to be from our own ground-based points-of-view, and far too many refuse to see what our Heavenly Father wants to show them.  For being afflicted with a terrible disease is not always the fault of the afflicted.  In fact, in many cases, it is actually a great blessing.  For it is meant to drive them towards the only One who can save us while many of those who appear to be secure in their own strength will perish because of refusing to truly accept where that strength actually comes from and why.

No, none of that is meant to suggest that going to rehab centers like [Hickory Wind Ranch] is a waste of time.  For they are ordained by our Heavenly Father to help the hurting, and we should all be in awe of the work that they were created to do [Ephesians 2:10].

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  1. I never had any interest in watching that show. Life with my first husband was a series of interventions. Although looking back I was going about it all the wrong way. Live and learn

  2. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!! Be assured that there is much about my life that I would rather not look back on.


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