We have often been brought low that we might be raised higher.
You are in water over your head and you go down. What happens? You come up. You breathe. You go back down and this time, there is a little more push and bounce and back up buoyancy lifts you. You start making choices to allow forward movement and rhythm.
Down and up and forward until you reach the shore. It is not swimming and it is not drowning. It is bouncing through the "brought low" experiences of our lives - many of our own making and resulting from our own sin and poor choices.
Mercy, forgiveness, grace, resilience, and buoyancy defy any notion that we must sink forever when we are brought low.
Do not remember against us our former iniquities;1
let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
for we are brought very low. - Psalm 79:8, ESV