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Topic: Rejection (11/15/04)

TITLE: When God Rejects You, Accept It
By WENDY DECKER
11/17/04

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“Rejected!” God said to the angel in training. He handed him the prayer request, and the angel marked it with his red rubber stamp and added it to the pile that lay upon the golden desk.

“Excuse me, sir, but you forgot to state the reason for the rejection,” the angel said, wondering why such a simple prayer would be rejected.

“Tell her that-- if the bank gave her the money for the bigger house she’d have to go to work instead of staying home with her children. She might be upset now, but she’ll thank Me later— next...”

The courier handed God another prayer request. He reviewed it. A moment later His holy voice said, “Rejected!” again.

“But, why?” asked the angel, seeing clearly on the prayer request this man has worked hard to earn the job he was praying for.

“If we give him this job he will be miserable, and he will make his wife and his children miserable too. He must learn patience and spend time with his children while they’re young and need his guidance. Also, his wife needs him more than ever, now. He’ll thank Me later.”

“Okay,” the angel responded, and wrote down the reason for rejection on the prayer request, and placed it on the pile with the others.

“Next…” His holy voice repeated, and reached out to the courier for another prayer request. His eyes scanned the request and he quickly stated, “Rejected!”

“Why are you rejecting this one? Why do you want this baby to die?” The angel asked, shocked by His decision.

“I don’t want him to die. He’ll be waiting here in Heaven and his mother will see him again,” God said assuredly. “She’ll even bare another baby boy that will be born healthy and grow to be a fine man. However, there is a little girl who needs a home right now that she’ll soon find out about. She’ll thank Me later.” He waved to the courier and said, “Next...”

“Accepted!” He said in a joyful tone.

“It’s about time,” said the Angel in training.

God shot him a quick glance of surprise after hearing the sarcasm in his voice.

“Sorry, said the Angel,” and bowed down in submission. “It’s just that I’m quite happy to finally see a prayer that has been accepted. But, I don’t understand, I’ve seen this one before and you had rejected it. Why are you accepting it now?”

“This man has finally learned to be patient. He also remembered to pray in My will, not his. There’s also a younger man who needs to be told about Me at the new job our older member will be starting. The young man is stubborn. I know that he’ll only listen to our advanced member. The young man will be able to relate to him because they share the same past experiences. The experiences that I allowed our older member to go through after I rejected his last prayer request.

“Hmmmm, interesting,” said the angel in training. He marked the request with a bright, yellow stamp and placed it in the “Accepted” pile, and smiled for the new member that was about to join God’s kingdom. He also smiled for the answered prayer of the older member.

God may not be sitting up in Heaven with angels placing acceptance and rejection notices on our prayer requests. Although, I do believe that whatever the outcome of our prayers are, if we pray in God’s will, the answer that we receive must not be questioned.

He is our Father and knows what’s best for us and what we don’t know, we must leave in His hands. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6. (KJV)

This verse has given me peace through many trying times. God has provided an entire book filled with verses like this one to help us when we seek His wisdom and direction. It makes it easier for us to accept the rejections when the come.


Member Comments
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John Hunt11/22/04
Wonderful, creative article.
That is also one of my favorite verses.
Nicely done.
Kelly Klepfer11/23/04
I am so glad that we get to rely on His wisdom and His will. I shudder to think about some prayer rejections I've receive. How awful a "yes" would have been in 20/20 hindsight.
Phyllis Inniss 11/23/04
Yes, I'm glad that I've learnt this lesson at long last. Thanks for reminding us of this important truth.
darlene hight11/23/04
Nice job Wendy! So often when I've looked back at things that I thought I had to have It's easy to see why God didn't give it to me.His rejection really isn't painful is it?
Deborah Anderson11/23/04
I loved this, Wendy. Very creative, and good slant you did on this for this topic. God bless you.
Verlie Ruhl11/23/04
What a unique and clever approach to make your point! Sometimes those rejections are hard to take, but your story is a good reminder to have faith and patience, "for all things work together for good for them that love God."
Tesiri Moweta11/24/04
Unquestionably true!
It may seem like rejection at first when we're dealing with God but a closer look will surely show love.
Your creative imagination deserves a standing ovation.Thanks for sharing.
Keep winning and shining for Jesus.
Debbie OConnor11/24/04
Just great! I'm not going to forget this one soon. Wonderfully written, terrific message.
Karri Compton11/28/04
This was excellent! You got my vote! Blessings, Karri
Jennifer Solla11/28/04
Wendy, your Article is full of wisdom. one minor criticism: I know that you were using imagery and I enjoyed it for the most part, but even still, I found it a fallacy to show the angels questioning God. Perhaps I am being too legalistic. In any case, it was very creative and I enjoyed reading it. Thank you!