Climbing out from a ‘Free Fall to Rock Bottom’
The other morning, I took a long walk on a familiar path. It was such a beautiful morning here on the East Coast. Morning walks help me to reflect and soak in on the beauty and simplicity all around. All distractions momentarily slip away with full clarity of thought on what is important, and to reflect and focus on God.
Free Fall to Rock Bottom
Recently, I was describing to my brothers and sisters of what the past 10 months have been like. If you didn’t read the first blog, my family and I experienced a very sudden and unexpected death, which created a shattering impact on our lives. Amongst many other critical descriptors regarding the past 10 months, the words that came to mind were “free fall to rock bottom”. It was not meant to express despair, only a reality of circumstances. I am not alone, but many have been there, are there now or may be there in the future. It can be a sudden death or death of a loved one, an unexpected loss of job or inability to find a job, a broken marriage, a serious illness or debilitating health problem, or you may have a loved one facing a critical and life-threatening illness. There can be many things that cause us to hit rock bottom. These types of situations can create that “free fall to rock bottom” in our lives. It’s what we do with it that matters.
Hope and Restoration
There is hope and restoration. We can come out of “rock bottom” and be restored wholly if we allow God to do what He does best. If we open our hearts to allow God to do so, He will repair and restore. Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 34:17-18, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” If we turn our situations over to Him, our heart begins to change, our focus on our own self changes and He replaces our ways with His ways and thinking. The process continues.
God is All About Relationships
You see, God/Jesus loves and cares for us deeply. He loves and knows us as individuals. Jeremiah 1:5, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.” Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” He will never force Himself in our lives, however, He will never stop trying to show and reveal Himself to us in many ways. If our heart is closed, we may not see those opportunities. He is a God of relationships and restoration. God is all about relationships. From the start of creation that’s all He ever wanted (Genesis 2). With God, it’s always been about his creation, his people and how much he loves us – from the Old Testament to the New Testament of the Bible.
No matter what our circumstances, He has greater plans then we can ever comprehend. His vantage point is different than ours. He has a full view. We may not always understand the plan at hand, but that is why we need to trust Him and cast our cares on Him. 1 Peter 5:7, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
Love God and Love Others, He Made it Simple
The most important commandment Jesus gave us is to love God and love others. Matthew 22:37-39, “Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
John 15:12-13, Jesus said, “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Lastly, 1 Corinthians 13:13, “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
Message of Hope
When we read the Bible and learn more about who Jesus is, we see how important relationships are to Him. Jesus showed us the importance of relationships in what He said and the way He lived His life. God is all about relationships and He wants a relationship with each of us. If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I’d encourage to go to this link on our Portal of Hope website, Message of Hope. All you do is believe and receive and trust who He says he is and what He has done for us. It must come from your heart. There is hope.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”