Mike L. is all smiles and hugs now...but earlier in his life he suffered an alcoholic addiction that nearly cost him everything. He applauds a moment of Divine Intervention that rescued him in more ways than one.
I asked Mike L. to share his story.
"I am a recovering alcoholic, sober almost 35 wonderful years.
Prior to getting sober, my life was in a spiral downward for many years. Depression was constant; all I had in life was alcohol. No girlfriend stayed with me more than 3 months due to my drinking. Loneliness and depression is not a good mixture and I sometimes would look in the mirror and hate what I saw to the point that I decided that I could not take it anymore and decided to end my life.
I walked to my nearest bridge during a mild snowstorm and stared at the rocks 75 feet below. After about 5 minutes of debate, I climbed over the rail. A car drove by and I heard him yell, “ Don’t do it, it’s not worth it.” I yelled back some nasty expletives and gave him that terrible middle finger.
I let go of the rail, felt a slight breeze and a thump. I was pretty drunk and I suppose I fell backwards to the sidewalk instead of the rocks below.
I cried all the way home because I was such a loser I couldn’t even kill myself. I felt like I had to live this miserable life forever.
When I got home I did something I NEVER did, got down on my knees and prayed. I remember asking God for help. I need someone in my life. I knew that he had a protective hand over me.
I put myself in a rehab hospital 4 months later.
What seemed to happen next was not immediate, but I found it easier for me to ask potential girlfriends out on dates. The last is still my wife and we just recently celebrated 35 years of marriage.
Now, I am still happy and still grateful for the Divine intervention that gave me a wonderful life."
- Mike L.