I was sitting in my chair casually reading my newspaper. Few joys in life compare to reading the local newspaper. As I was perusing the paper, a national story jumped out at me. Normally I do not pay much attention to these kinds of stories, but this one was irresistible.
"Look here," I called to my wife, "it says Britney Spears has hit rock bottom."
Looking around the corner from the kitchen where she was tidying up after supper she asked, "Britney who?"
She does not keep up with the national news as I do. She is more interested in her "to-do-list" than the news.
"You know. The girl who loses everything."
She looked at me a little puzzled and asked, "Loses everything?"
"Yes. She lost her undergarments, her temper and now her kids."
"Oh. You mean Britney Spears. What did she do?"
"According to this newspaper article she hit rock bottom." Then I held up the newspaper and showed her the headline.
I knew she had no idea what I was talking about because she asked me a tell-tell question.
"What was she driving?"
"I didn't say she was driving anything," I persisted as I showed her the headlines of the newspaper again.
"How did she hit the rock, then?"
Feeling just a little exasperated, I tried to explain. "I didn't say she hit a rock."
Seeming to disregard my explanation she asked, "How much damage did she do to the other car? I hope she had enough insurance."
I knew I was not going to win this so I just mumbled, "the article didn't say."
She went back to her kitchen duties and I went back to my newspaper but I could not keep from thinking about the story. Often times I hear of people who "hit rock bottom." I have often wondered where this fabled "rock bottom" is. And, why so many people are determined to go there? What is the fascination for this place?
I put my paper down and for the next few moments I thought back of how many people I heard of who had hit rock bottom. Very quickly, the list began to grow. A quick look at this list brought me to the conclusion that this mystical land of rock bottom is inhabited by loonies. You really have to be crazy to go there.
Just when I think that this place has become extinct, somebody rediscovers it. If anything needs to become extinct, this should be at the top of the list.
What I want to know is why so many people find this place? I have lived a long time and I have never even come to a sign that said "rock bottom ahead." Where do you get the directions? Do you stop in at the gas station for directions?
"Sir, can you tell me how to get to rock bottom?"
"You're looking for rock bottom? What you wanted to do is to go full speed ahead and you can't miss it. Then, when you get there turn around and come back."
Of course, every account I have read of people who had hit rock bottom always talks about coming back. The assumption is that everybody needs to go there in order to come back.
I have never been to rock bottom. For the life of me, I cannot understand what the attraction is. Is the view at rock bottom different from the view I have right now? I have a long list of places I would like to visit before I die. Rock bottom is not on that list. With the price of gas these days, I'm wondering if that trip is really worth it.
Then I got to thinking about another kind of rock. I got my Bible out and looked at some very familiar passages.
Moses, the great Lawgiver, knew something about The Rock.
"And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:" (Exodus 33:21-22 KJV)
Of course, it is hard to think about this without thinking of David, the Psalmist. If anybody needed The Rock, it was he.
"For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock." (Psalms 27:5 KJV).
"He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD." (Psalms 40:2-3 KJV).
"In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah." (Psalms 62:7-8 KJV).
The Rock that Moses and David are talking about is none other than God. They both discover, like so many other people, that a life built on "The Rock" will be able to weather any and every storm in life.
I am convinced that those who know "The Rock" will never experience "Rock Bottom."