The city of Houston is facing unprecedented flooding. People have lost homes and some have lost lives and there is more rain to come. This Saturday, LSU was supposed to play Brigham Young in Houston but the game has been moved to New Orleans. I’m guessing that most people in Houston, Texas could care less if a football game is going to be played in their city. Right now, the only thing they are concerned about is surviving. Adversity does that to us… it strips us and reminds us of what is important.
There is a song that I love that goes like this;
“There’s a light at the end of the darkness
So look up when you are down and try to believe
Sometimes we have to be knocked down to make us look upward
I was looking up from the bottom when you finally shined on me.”
Think about those lyrics… “Sometimes we have to be knocked down to make us look upward… I was looking up from the bottom when you finally shined on me.”
“I was looking up from the bottom…” When we go through adversity, we are stripped down. When we go through adversity, we are reminded of what’s important and what’s not important. When we are looking up from the bottom, we aren’t concerned about how much money we have… or what awards we’ve received… or what kind of car we drive… we are only concerned about getting up. When we are flat of our backs, we need help in getting back on our feet. “Looking up from the bottom,” is not a pleasant thing but it reminds us of what’s important.
Have you been knocked down? If so, has your perspective changed? Have things that used to be important to you changed? When we are lying flat of our backs, things seem to change.
If you are on your back, the Lord is reaching out to you. The Lord is extending a hand to help you up. Take the hand of Jesus and let Him get your feet under you. You may not have any money. You may not have a job. Maybe you aren’t driving what you used to drive. But, you are standing… you were flat on your back. You are up now with a new perspective on life.
The Judd’s have a song that goes;
“When you hit rock bottom ain’t but 2 ways to go;
Straight up or sideways.
I have seen my share of hard times and I want you to know,
That straight up is my way.”
Today, let the Lord lift you up and help you move on.