Removing our shortcomings. What’s that all about? We prepared for this process in Step Six. Now, in this Step we simply ask for it. But again, as discussed in the last entry, we do so humbly. We humbly ask God to remove our shortcomings. That is not so easy.
This process is done in a moment and yet is a lifetime effort. We’ll encounter new shortcomings as time goes by. We’ll have old ones resurface that need tending like weeds in a garden. Step Seven is a recognition that your Higher Power is more than a guide and arranger of life. God is the Gardener.
Like all matters dealing with the Steps and our spirituality, this doesn’t take the responsibility off your shoulder to do our part. God’s not going to drive us to our therapist or to a meeting. God is not going to speak up for us in a meeting or force us to dive into the deep waters of vulnerability with those closest in our lives. But when we step into that humility it helps put us in the right frame of mind to see what we are responsible for–what our part of the effort really means.
Step Seven is another exercise in re-calibrating that dance with life. The clearer we can hear the music and pay attention to the dance the more we step into the flow and find that it can all be quite effortless. So long as we are willing to follow.