Have you ever hit “rock bottom?” Have you gone through something so difficult that it completely stripped your soul of joy and hope and all you felt was miserable and lost? I’ve been there before, a few times.
It may not even be a “rock bottom” situation, but just a slump or a rough week.
One thing is for certain, though. When I feel like I am trending downward or I’m noticing that things aren’t going very well in my life…it’s always because I’ve become complacent in my growth, spiritually, and I got too comfortable with the good times. It also happens when I try and try to do what’s right and it’s not being received as well as I’d hoped by others. I throw in the towel.
Choosing to follow Christ and to believe in the saving power of Jesus and the almighty power of God, is not something that is given or taught and then tucked away. We will never be “good enough” Christians. We will never definitively be able to avoid or side step difficulties and tragedy in our lives, no matter how strong we believe we are in our faith and our walk with the Lord. God uses the difficulties to get our attention. To take us down at our knees when we start to feel a bit too cocky at how good things are going.
I got cocky. I came out of rehab and was floating on the proverbial “pink cloud.” I was going to meetings regularly, I was forming relationships again, my kids wanted to be around me…life was great! I didn’t see what the big deal was when everyone told me the first year would be the hardest. I was good. I had absolutely no desire to drink! Still don’t! However….. after a year I stopped going to meetings because we moved from one country to another. I stopped reading my devotionals daily and making my gratitude list. I didn’t have the same daily routines and I wasn’t taking care of myself as well as I had been. I had dealt with a great deal of stress for the prior months and I finally just collapsed in exhaustion once we reached U.S. soil!
I started to slip…quickly. It wasn’t blindingly obvious at first. It took me a few months to recognize why I was in my slump and why my life seemed to be turning sour. Even after I recognized the issue, I was dropped down to another rock bottom before I was able to start climbing again. This climb has been probably the longest climb I have ever gone through! But….BUT, it has been the most rewarding climb so far. I have been blessed in so many ways over the past year and a half and I have learned so much! You know how the things that take the longest to make and have been made perfectly unique, flaws and all? Those are the things that will last forever! Not some cookie cutter thing that was made in seconds, followed by a billion other things that look just like it.
If you stop too early or in the middle of your walk. If you quit before the miracle because you just keep feeling like enough is enough or the grass is looking greener on the other side. If you give in to temptation. If you turn away from God or shut him out. YOU WILL FAIL! You will not only fail, but you will HAVE to turn to God for patience and strength to gain back your life. Until you turn to Him to direct your steps and to teach you what it is you are supposed to do next and have faith that He WILL sustain you and bring you through…you’ll remain in your state of failure. I know. I’ve been there. I see so many others (including myself from time to time) that are there now or that are struggling to hear God because they’re so stuck in their own heads.
Following Christ’s example and living a life pleasing to God should never become comfortable. We should always be striving for more. Asking him to test us. Praying for strength and guidance. Reading and rereading his word. Praising him for the good times as well as the bad because He IS a good God and he will never go against his word! Don’t quit before the miracle, friends. Don’t be discouraged or give up because it’s grown “too hard” or it’s no where near as good as what your friends have. Your life and your struggles are perfectly unique and God is using them in hopes that it will bring greater glory to His goodness. So, even when it’s uncomfortable or tough…try to enjoy it because he’s preparing you for something magnificent and it will all be because of his faithfulness. With God’s help, He will help you to overcome any and every thing if you follow his teachings and you seek to do what He has commanded you to.
God is faithful to you and he never stops working. The least you could do is return the favor. Keep working on your relationship and your faithfulness to him.Tags: faith, Glory, God, Growth
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