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Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)
TITLE: Not Rejected, but Rescued!
By Toiah Gordon
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Everyone has faced rejection at some time in their life. Whether it be a relationship, job, project, or other circumstance. We have all felt the sting of rejection, the feeling of being left out, or just plain left! It never feels good to be rejected. It never feels good to know that you are not wanted, appreciated or accepted. However, I have learned to put a positive spin on those things that seem negative. After all, God promised us that all things are working together for our good right? (Rom. 8:28). So with that said, I want you to know that you have not been rejected, you have been rescued!
That job you really wanted may seem like the perfect career choice, but if they rejected you, it just means that you have been rescued! It could be that it is a horrible work environment, that the company or division is shutting down in a few months or, it could be that the supervisors are not pleasant. Whatever the reason, God knows why you were rejected. Trust & believe that it is good and there is something else greater for you.
I remember how badly I wanted a particular job. I had been a temporary employee for over a year, and I worked hard at this particular job, hoping that I would be accepted and a wonderful offer would be made. But to my dismay, I was rejected and let go. A few weeks later a co-worker at that very job, shared with me how the person that was going to be my boss was making her assistant cry with her scathing words and rude behavior. It was right then and there that I knew God rescued me (and that boss lady) from that position. Immediately after that rejection, I was blessed with a job I love. God knew where to place me!
Being rejected by a person can be devastating and painful. I have been there. Know that if you are rejected by someone it is because you are being rescued from being in a possibly detrimental relationship. Remember, we don’t always see the full story, we only see glimpses. However, God knows everything and because He cares and loves us so deeply, He won’t allow us to be in a position, with a person, or deal with any thing that is not good for us.
For example, I always wondered why my father was not physically present in my home to raise me. He would tell me that he was coming to get me, and I would wait for hours and hours. I used to also wonder why he did not raise me the way I feel that father should. Now that I am older, and I am able to look back in retrospect and I see that my father was not capable of raising me. He had his own set of issues & if he had tried to take the responsibility of raising me, I would have been placed in very dangerous situations. I could have possibly killed or permanently damaged! God, in His infinite mercy and grace knew where I belonged and placed me with the members of my family that were able to care for and love me completely in a healthy environment.
You may not see it now, but always know that when you are seemingly being rejected, you are actually being rescued; from heartache, disappointment or even danger! Not only that, there is obviously something greater in store for you. So remember, you are not being rejected but you are being rescued!
"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. Psalms 91:14 NIV
The Lord will perfect (complete, set in place) that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever--forsake not the works of Your own hands. Psalms 138:8 AMP
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
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