When Hope and Rock Bottom Collide
Written: Krissie Stempuzis-Wendel
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My eyes are swollen with weeping, and I am but a shadow of my former self.
- Job 17:7 NLT
I laid in the fetal position of my empty bathtub. How is it that I could feel so numb, yet the water from the shower stung as it danced upon my skin? I was screaming on the inside as tears waltzed out of my eyes. I stared blankly into nothingness. I think this is when I’d given up. Life had thrown it’s best at me and at that moment, I thought it had won. “This must be what rock bottom is,” I thought as I buried my face in my chest to pray.
I’m sure you've been there before. No, not laying in your empty bathtub per se, but at rock bottom. That place where you cried so much that your eyes were almost swollen shut. That place where you felt so alone - even your own shadow had all but abandoned you. That place where you believed you had nothing left and nowhere to go. That place where you decided life had won and you were done.
Rock bottom looks different for each of us, but we’ve all experienced it. In this desolate place, hope can seem foreign and inaccessible. But, that is a lie we must rise to demolish (Psalm 42:11). This is actually the place where hope and rock bottom collide. Hope is always near and is accessible to all of us. But it’s a gift we must choose to accept. Choosing hope doesn’t invalidate our painful experiences, it points us back to Christ so that He can sustain us through those painful experiences.
Choosing hope is turning to God because all else fails (Psalm 119:114).
Choosing hope is crying out to God for help (Psalm 119:147).
Choosing hope is remembering God’s faithfulness in your life (Lamentations 3:17-33).
Choosing hope is resting in God (1 Peter 1:20-21).
Choosing hope is letting God renew and restore you (Isaiah 40:31).
Hope, because when we cry out, He hears us. Hope, because when we’ve hit rock bottom, He’s the one cradling us. Hope, because when we fall, it’s Him that helps us stand back up.
1. In what ways have you recently been reminded that God is hope?
2. When was a time that you chose to allow hope (God) to collide with your rock bottom?
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for being my hope. Thank You for Your faithfulness in my life and never leaving me alone. Please help me to remember Your truths when I hit rock bottom. Please help me see that You are the hope that collides with my rock bottom. Thank You for sustaining me through my difficult seasons and renewing my strength so that I can start anew in You. In Your mighty name, Amen.
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