I had a conversation a couple of days ago with someone about the term "rock bottom". My minor being Addiction Disorders and Recovery Studies, it's a term that was used fairly regularly in my classes. The idea is that an addict must hit "rock bottom" before they will deliberately and seriously work towards their recovery.
The comment was made that this theory is also true in many other areas of our lives. We must hit the bottom before we're willing to become serious about certain changes. The principle is that when we hit rock bottom then we will fully rely on God.
I'm not certain I entirely agree with that statement, but this morning after spending some time with the Lord I realized I hit "rock bottom" in a specific area of my life.
What is rock bottom anyway? Is rock bottom when I've just made so many mistakes and so messed up things that I'm hopeless? I don't believe so.
I believe rock bottom is that moment of complete humble realization of "Oh I really can't do this on my own". If we're shooting for direct honesty it occurs in my head more like this "Well crap. This is where I am. That's where I need to be. I've been "trying" to get there long enough. GOD HELP".
I don't believe you have to hit rock bottom when "the only way to go is up". If that is true I pray that I only play in shallow rivers. I refuse to believe that I have to mess up, sink, go through unnecessary heartache and pain, just so that I can arrive at the place where all I can go is up. No, I believe that the Holy Spirit is a believer in shallow bottoms also. I believe He is speaking to us daily trying to teach us through the Word, experience, or whatever means necessary to become more like Jesus and lean on the Father.
I believe I could use some more rock bottoms though. I'd love to begin hitting places in my life where I wake up and begin to lean on God more and myself less.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
I hit a rock bottom yesterday. Yea I know you're dying to know what it is, but I'm not going to share that today. I haven't made some big mess that I had to come to the realization that I needed God to help. I think the Holy Spirit simply helped me recognize and identify some wrong thoughts in two very specific areas of my life. Both areas He has had to address with me before and yesterday I hit the bottom in those areas.
I did not realize I'd truly come to that place until I woke up this morning and I knew I was done. It's as if God was saying "Had enough?".
Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Today I ask for more rock bottoms. I pray that we as a body of Christ will listen to the Holy Spirit and come to the place of humble admission that says "God I can't do it on my own". I pray that your rocks are shallow. That we become sensitive to the Holy Spirit to make changes through the grace of God before making some huge mess of things.