Bouncing Back

April 30th, 2009

rockbottom

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.”

–General George S. Patton

Do you know how many people I have come across who think they have hit rock bottom?  I know drug addicts, alcoholics, gamblers, and a whole host of others who are subject to some form of potentially crippling behaviors, addictions and diseases.  One thing is for sure, unless they lose enough, there is little hope for them to change.  Unless the cost is great enough, they will not change.

I can tell you this: There are more who think they have hit rock bottom than actually have.  Because rock bottom is actually a place of rest.  Yeah.  Rest.

When we hit rock bottom, we are done striving, struggling, fighting and doing.  We finally give up the torture of pursuing whatever evils have plagued our lives and decide that the benefits don’t out-weigh the costs.  Suddenly we realize that it’s the behavior we are addicted to, not the results and the costs have finally gotten to us.

I often thought that hitting rock bottom is equivalent to falling into the loving hand of our heavenly Father.  Thats where we finally have rest.  Surrender.  When we surrender, we allow Him to change us and He lifts us back up.  We bounce back up because its Him who raises us up at the right time.  1 Peter 5:6 says: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you [lift you up, cause you to bounce back] at the proper time.”

I don’t know if Patton had that in mind when he said the above quote, but I know that in the right Biblical perspective, he is right.  Just because you are down now doesn’t mean that you will always be down.  At some point we just have to rest, trust, have faith, and hope.  If you trust in Him, He will lift you up, cause you to bounce back, at exactly the right time.  Your day is coming.

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