“He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
18 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
19 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.
20 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

(2 Samuel 22:17-20

It has been a while and I hope this finds everyone doing well. Rock bottom! Where did that come from? Well, let me explain. I was at a Celebrate Recovery meeting a couple weeks ago, and God led me to this passage. Now this passage could have many meanings for many different people all dependent on their current situation. At that point in time I had been opening up about my hurts, habits, and hang-ups and I instantly recognized God’s great hand in this. The greatest portion of my life has been lived in a deep dark hole of depression, PTSD, and self-loathing. Feeling entirely and totally unworthy and feelings of complete isolation. Yes, I wore my mask well, as I have come to learn.

At an early age, I turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of my childhood. No, I am not proud of that fact, but, the past is the past and cannot be changed. We can only move forward, learn from our past, and use our experiences to help someone going through the same situation.

In my case, I did not even realize that I needed help until I almost lost it all. My marriage of 20 plus years was falling apart in front of my eyes, I had shut out everyone that had ever cared about me, and I was literally flat on my back: “Rock Bottom.” By the good grace of God she is still her with me.

This passage is actually a part of a song of praise from David to God. I found this to be an all-powerful passage, but I will restrain my urge to “Preach” it too you LOL. God, in heaven, reached down His mighty hand, for me. And He will for you too, there is no problem too big (BIG) for God. God saved me from the deep waters and from my enemies (drugs, alcohol, & myself). Guess what, He is willing to do the same for you! My deep dark little hole was cramped and crowded but as the passage tells us, “He brought me out into a spacious place…” Freedom! Freedom! He rescued me why, “Because He delighted in me.” Me! Yes me!

The moral of this blog today, take the helping hand of God before you hit rock bottom. Once you’re there its a hard road back, worth every battle along the way, but hard none the less.

Please, if you want to come to know Christ and you are not sure how then send me a message. I would be honored to help.

Chaplain Howie

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