Thank You for Rejecting Me
I saw this title on a book and it completely struck me. Thank you for rejecting me. When I get rejected, the last thing I want to do is to be grateful for it. What I actually want to do, is run and hide into my own little world, where it’s safe. Rejection is a tough pill to swallow. Whether it’s a rejection from a job you so badly wanted, or being rejected by the people closest to you. Nobody likes it. Nobody looks forward to it. The scary thing about it is, we never know when it’s coming. Hence, never being prepared for it. But one thing I learned, is that rejection (depending on how you process it), can lead to your greatest blessings. We can’t control who rejects us, but we can control our response.
My life has been filled with constant rejection. Little by little, it chipped away my self-worth. I associated the rejection to my value. I put on the robe of rejection and wore it throughout my life. It changed the way I behaved and thought and ultimately was clear in the choices I made. Instead of turning to God amid the rejection, I turned away from Him. I closed myself in and thought “Nobody can hurt me here”. Little did I know, the pain I was holding on to and sheltering, was crippling my soul. I realized that in order to be freed from this pain, I had to surrender it.
The question was how?
How do I let go of the many people that hurt and mistreated me? How do I let go of the hurtful words that sometimes ring in my head? The answer was simpler than I thought. I had to turn to the One who can heal all the pain. The only One who can see what I kept inside for so long and used as a security blanket. What did not occur to me was that Jesus was waiting for me all along to bring every ounce of pain, to Him. He was not and will never be overwhelmed by my many issues. In fact, that is what He went to the Cross to do! To free humanity from its brokenness onto a path of wholeness. Friends, I want to encourage you and remind you: you are not too far from the reach of God. Can I tell you, He is actually closer than ever when you are facing trials? He voluntarily walks beside you in the fire.
In the Old Testament of the Bible, there were three Hebrew boys who did not bow down to the law but upheld their love for God by walking in obedience. When thrown into the furnace, guess who was there? Jesus! He wasn’t found in the crowds, but inside the furnace walking with them. That gives me great strength and courage friends. Jesus doesn’t see and walk away from the hard circumstances in my life. He actually walks with me and embraces me through it all.
So next time you want to throw in the towel and put on the robe of rejection, remember: Jesus covers your shame and heals your pain! Just as God covered Adam and Eve with leaves after they disobeyed, He does the same for us. Even in our disobedience, God redeems us and covers us once again. Pick up His mercy and grace, when you are tempted to pick up the hurt. Confront the wounds and release them. God wants to free us, not keep us bound. I’ll leave this verse with you to hold on to: Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” He not only saves but He is near.