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Topic: Rejection (11/15/04)

TITLE: Rejection
By Marjorie Arrowood


Many details are as clear as if they occurred last week, but in fact, college freshman days are long gone. Almost instantly, the feelings can rush back like water spilling over a dam. I recall the violence of my stomach turning, its gastric juices flushing into my esophagus, the acrid taste in my otherwise dry mouth. My nostrils flair and I'm gasping for enough oxygen to sustain my pounding heart as blood, thundering in my ears, eclipses all other sounds.
In my mind's eye, there before me, sits Tim. My Tim. He is leaning forward, elbows on knees. Sandwiched in both his hands is one hand of the girl who has obviously replaced me. Her other hand provides animation to her talk and laughter. His eyes are riveted on her with an intimacy I thought reserved for me. Worst of all, I recognize her. Her reputation on campus is well known. How could Tim, always such a gentleman, turn his back on me for her?
It was the greatest shock of my young and sheltered life.
Three days had passed since he last called. At the time I'd thought he seemed a little distant, like something undefined was missing. Two days without a single phone call concerned me and this very morning as my mind replayed our last phone conversation, what had been missing dawned on me. Absolutely no mention of plans. Not even for the customary weekday get-togethers on campus to study in the library or grab a Coke between classes at the Union.
Finally my lead legs allowed me to slink away, oblivious to all else in the world. I prayed for a miracle, but God was silent. Eventually anger replaced the hurt and I knew covert rejection was the worst kind.
It has been years since I last thought about all that. I'm now married to a guy who shares my desire to glorify God. We also share five kids, three grandkids (with a fourth on the way) and a bull mastiff who thinks he's a baby. I have no idea what became of Tim, which proves to me the wisdom of Garth Brooks really isn't as trite as it seems. Indeed, sometimes God's greatest gifts come through unanswered prayers.
Last spring I saw Mel Gibson's classic, The Passion of the Christ. I wonder if the human side of Jesus didn't feel His Father's covert rejection to be the very worst of all the rejection he faced. How horrible to beg for a change of plans, accept the silence, and later scream, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" His human side must have wondered how the only truly perfect gentleman, his holy father, could love the disreputable world enough to turn his back on his son for it.
I think God allows us to sufer life's rejections so we can have a minute comprehension into the mystery of his amazing grace.

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Lois Jennison Tribble11/22/04
Welcome to FaithWriters, Marjorie! This poignantly brings back memories of rejection experiences, with a good reminder of God's faithfulness to use them for our good and his glory! (Double spacing between paragraphs will make for easier reading--check the preview before hitting "Submit entry".) I'll look forward to seeing more of your entries!
Kelly Klepfer11/23/04
Nice entry - Welcome to the club! Aren't we all a little bit like Tim at times? We pull away from God, and then we cuddle up to a pathetic substitute.
Deborah Anderson11/23/04
Welcome to FaithWriters, Marjorie. God bless you.
Norma OGrady11/25/04
nice written story
Yeshua bless
Joanne Malley11/25/04
Welcome to Faith Writers! Glad to see you jumped into the challenge. Your last line sums up your whole article--such truth.
Debbie OConnor11/27/04
This is powerful. I loved the Garth Brooks line. I have thanked God for many an unanswered prayer in the man department. And at the right time
God brought me what I really needed in a life companion. I felt the pain of seeing my "beloved (HA)" with another again as I read your story. Great job!
darlene hight12/05/04
Great piece! I can feel her shock and horror over being rejected.