Finding God at rock-bottom? Let me tell you a story.
I am actually new to blogging. Brand new. Like a-week-or-two-old kind of brand new.
My husband, children and I have been through many tests the last seven years, mostly financial. Are you like me? Maybe you decided to stay at home with your children.
I bet you thought things would look differently than they do right now. Maybe you feel like you have hit one wall after another. Perhaps you are wondering where God is and when He is going to rescue you.
I don’t know the answer to that.
But let me share a few things God has shown me.
Finding God at rock-bottom
I remember one morning, sitting on my couch in our living room. Our money was so tight that I could not even squeeze one drop out of it. I told God that I felt like I was at the bottom. And ever so quietly and gently, I received the answer I did not want to hear:
I am at the bottom. So, if you want to be with me this is where we are going to hang out.
Oh, this is not the answer I wanted to hear. I wanted to hear that He was going to rescue me right away. At the time, I believed I would wake up in the morning and have my prayers answered. The income would flow like honey. God’s provisions would be as evident as the glass on my coffee table. The season of being uncomfortable would end. Quickly.
But God’s Word tells me this:
“For this is what the high and exalted One says—
he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Psalm 57:15
And throughout the years of hanging out at the bottom, this is what God has shown me. That when everything else is stripped down to the studs, the Foundation remains. And in the stripping down, God is removing those boards and bricks that serve as a barrier in my relationship with Him. My pride. My sense of self-reliance. My walls.
So, let me encourage you today. If you, like I once did, feel that you are headed to the bottom, don’t resist it. Know that God is there. And as the sounds and noises of the world up above fade, you will find that His voice grows clearer as you fall. And He is there to catch you. Not only that, He will hold you, and you will find that WHEN you emerge, you will be more like Him. All of this, from hanging out . . . at the bottom.
Guest article by Rachel Haller Kelley of Rachel’s Raft
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