We are Gramazin would like to express our deepest thanks for Casey sharing her story with the world.
In short, she grew up in a good home in a safe community. That didn’t prevent her from getting involved in the wrong crowd. A seemingly innocent taste of drugs led to addiction, homelessness, jail, and loss of her two precious children.
What strikes us from watching the video of her story is the absolute significance of decisions in the outcome of our lives. Casey made a decision to hang out with the wrong crowd. Casey made a decision to use drugs at the age of 14. Casey made a decision to abandon her parents. Casey made the decision to cope with fears and insecurities by turning to drugs. Casey would enjoy a period of recovery and then make a decision to return to her addiction.
However, Casey, when confronted by a friend who lovingly threatened to take her child away from her, decided enough is enough – it was time to get her life back in order. Casey, thank you for showing so many people that not only do our decisions in life create our problems but they also can lead to our healing and recovery.
It has been said we are “prone to wander”, prone to walk away from the safety and security of God. Such wandering is a decision. It is a choice. No one makes us walk away from God. People might entice us, cheer us on, or encourage us to walk a path of destruction. However, inevitably, it comes down to our own decision to put our shoes on that path and begin walking down it.
Of course, there are innocent victims, people who are carried down a path against their will, kicking and screaming to be let go so they can run back to safety. I would not want to be in the shoes of their abusers as a God of justice watches.
However, on most occasions, we, including myself, make bad choices in life. A forensic examination of our dysfunction almost certainly shines the light on an “ahah, there it is!” moment, a moment when we made a bad choice.
There is a gutter that we all eventually lie in, with sewage running under our bodies. We are disheveled and filthy, a metaphorical aroma that would be offensive even to skunks. It is at that moment we are finally confronted with the reality that our decisions have everything to do with the pain we are in. It is also at that moment a loving God shows us that our decisions can get us out of the gutter, clean us up, get us some new clothes, a place to live, a job, and a new hope in life.
There are many people today who haven’t quite made it to the gutter. They still don’t see how their bad decisions have brought upon the pain and suffering in their life. However, one day their eyes will be opened and they will see the only thing standing in the way of healing is one decision – a decision to turn their life around and never look back again.
May we all, like Casey’s father, be ready to show compassion upon the broken person who finally decides to get their life in order.