When you hear the phrase “hit rock bottom” it’s fair to assume the context is one of negative connotation.
Darkness. The lowest point. Excruciatingly painful. The end.
In dealing with family, friends, or relationships where a loved one has strayed into a prodigal, it’s incredibly common you hear,
“they’ll have to hit rock bottom at some point”
It’s a hopeful cry of desperation that they’ll come back around. Come back around as the old self they once were, or a completely new self – exceedingly better than before.
Maybe at one point you were, or currently are, that prodigal.
Is it not in our moments of desperation, where we literally have no deeper to fall, that we finally look up and cry out to Jesus that we need him, “now more than ever”? When you’re in a moment, or season, of hitting rock bottom it’s so easy to feel defeated.
There’s no hope.
No reason to carry on.
You’ve finally messed up too much this time.
There’s no way you can possibly redeem yourself.
You’re not worthy.
You’re completely alone.
What I find so fascinating about the term “rock bottom” is specifically the word, rock .
Think about it – who is our ultimate rock? Jesus.
It’s not surprising then when we hear testimonies of people who finally came to the end of themselves at rock bottom. In turn, they became completely transformed by Jesus.
You have to believe, understand, and receive this truth: there is nothing you could do to destroy God’s plan for you. Jesus wants nothing more than to open his arms up to you, and welcome you home with merciful unending love and grace.
“…but while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. The son said to him, ‘ father, I have sinned against heaven and against you, I am no longer worthy to be your son’. But the father said to his servants, ‘quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet…for this son of mine was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found.” – Luke 14: 20-24
Jesus eagerly anticipates the day you choose to look up in hope + truth instead of remain face down in the lie that your life is nothing but destitute.
Rock bottom is finally putting an end to wrestling God, and creating a beginning of surrendering to God. What appears to be the end, in return, is an opportunity of a brand new beginning.
Are you at rock bottom, friend?
I’ll say this.
I find freedom in rock bottom. While you may be in the brunt of your brokenness, you can fully trust that Jesus is going to fight to help you overcome + conquer this.
Your brokenness, it doesn’t define you; it’s an opportunity to powerfully refine you.
To heal you. To free you. To redeem you.
“…I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.” – 2 Kings 20:5
The lies the enemy has tried so hard to use to entangle you, have already been freely broken + defeated by the mighty Savior who died for you.
I don’t know about you, but there’s no other solid ground I’d rather completely fall to my knees to – that of Jesus.
My rock, my fortress, my defense.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:2
“…and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18