When You Hit Rock Bottom – Psalm 130:1-6 (NRSV)
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 2 Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! 3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. 5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
I was reading a blog the other day. The blogger described a time when she was emotionally, financially, mentally, and spiritually depleted. While she was pondering her situation, she concluded that “everyone should aim to hit rock bottom at least once in their lifetime.” She cited several reasons why this is so. Among other things, she suggested that when you hit Rock Bottom, you begin to assess what got you to this point in the first place. Because the very fabric of your life is turned upside down and inside out. As you’re forced to look at things from a different angle, your dysfunctional behaviors are revealed. You are a mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual mess. You don’t have anything else to do while you’re lying here, so you begin to think about all the mistakes you’ve made.
Sometimes people of faith hit rock bottom. Indeed, people of faith experience spiritual hurt, and they need spiritual intervention. Often you’re at rock bottom because you’ve sinned against yourself. You’ve sinned against God. You’re full of shame and guilt. All the lights have gone out on the inside. Your soul was in a dark place, and you need some spiritual light to shine on your situation. You need some healing from the inside out. That healing begins with prayer and meditation.
When a believer hits rock bottom, you need to be still and listen, so you can hear that something bigger than you is speaking into your spirit. Something bigger than you is whispering into your mind a powerful message of healing and hope. My prayer for you is that your foundation will give you the patience and the courage you need to trust God on this journey we call life, especially during those times when you hit Rock Bottom.