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rockbottom4Gosh, how many times did I actually hit rock bottom? Too many to count. Everyone has a different bottom depending on which pit they fell into and how they got there and what it means for them to be stuck. Me? I jumped into my pits head first, knowing exactly what I would find down there. Sure, I blamed others for pushing me in. In doing so I bought myself some time so I could hang out down there and start decorating my mud walls and making it “home”. By the time I felt like I had enough, I would beg someone to pull me out and dust me off only to go jump right back in when it got too hard and the clarity of my mind became clouded with doubt, insecurity, oppression, fear, guilt, shame, remorse, and good ole self-loathing. I should have built a diving board on the side of my pit so at least I could practice my slick beautiful moves and at least TRY to look good jumping into that despair that always waited for me at the bottom. A swan dive is much prettier than a belly flop but both have the same result. They both land me in a strangely uncomfortable place….ROCK BOTTOM.

rockbottomHere is what I DIDN’T know. There is a trap door in the bottom of the pit put there by the enemy. Before long in the pit, boredom sets in for me and I go on a hunt for new adventure (as if my current adventure wasn’t destructive enough). I find the trap door of temptation and hop right in to a much dirtier, much darker place with no comfort at all, no curtains to hang here, no pictures on the wall. It took a lot more effort, but I eventually got out. The next time I jumped in I went straight through THAT door and through another, then another, and ANOTHER. My rock bottom became so low that I couldn’t even see a sliver of light. No hope.

Genesis 26:25 – Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.

rockbottom2Dig your well, nourish yourself for once from the living water God gave you. Pitch your tent and CALL ON GOD!! Don’t jump in. It’s a wet, cold, dark, musty place and it isn’t your home!! Obey God no matter what everyone else is doing or saying. His voice and opinion is the only One that matters!

Zechariah 13:9b – They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, “They are my people,” and they will say, “The Lord is our God.”

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To further your reading, consider this from:

Judges 6:6-10 -Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help. 7 When the Israelites cried out to the Lord because of Midian, 8 he sent them a prophet, who said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: I brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 9 I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians. And I delivered you from the hand of all your oppressors; I drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.”

Take responsibility for my own actions? That was a new concept. God has always gone before me. He has never left me. Even when I was lost to sin and a foot soldier for the enemy, God was with me. I CHOSE to jump into my pits. I CHOSE to disobey and then call out to God from rock bottom. I did that AFTER I jumped in and not before. One of the greatest lessons I have learned in all of this is to reach out BEFORE taking my Olympic game worthy leap into the pit.

Related Scriptures: Jeremiah 29:12; Psalm 50:15; Isaiah 48:10