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Topic: Rejection (11/15/04)
TITLE: Rejected Again
By Jerry Lyn Luckie
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She thought of how rejection attacked her innermost feelings about herself. A life where she just wanted to belong to someone, to something. As a child, never quite fitting in because her shyness prevented being at ease with others. She lived her world through books and imagination. Until she blossomed into the person she would become. She took a little longer to build confidence and be sure of herself. But her life experiences would prevent her from heartache. Because she was wise and she was good.
Fale impressions can somehow come back to hurt you. But rejection doesn’t always mean you’re not enough or you’re too much. It has to do with being in relationship and filling needs and sometimes turning away, for reasons unknown sometimes. Still the rejection hurts as if it’s the first time a playmate doesn’t want to play, or a bully teases you, or a mother doesn’t see to your heart.
But she could not be shielded from it. She tried to make all the right choices. She tried the analyze and be all she could be, and still the rejection came. It was incomprehensible to her. She tried so hard to avoid it. She tried so hard to deny it. Rejection came anyway. Leaving her lost and alone. Rejection found her again and again as if she was lost in some deep, dark forest. Rejection came, cutting through to her soul, making her wonder why—what lesson was there yet to learn, why did she have to feel the rejection, instead of the embracing of love.
But at the brink of despair, something brought her back. Restored her faith. Left her rejected, but never alone. It was the image of Christ on the cross. The knowledge that no one could have endured greater betrayal, greater rejection. And no one could have shown greater love to have died on the cross to save her. The tears came now, not out of the rejection, but of healing. A body broken her her, blood shed for her. The knowledge that nothing could separate her from God's love, which was a blessing so freely given.
“Be strong. Take courage. Don't be intimidated. Don't give them a second thought because GOD, your God, is striding ahead of you. He's right there with you. He won't let you down; he won't leave you." Deuteronomy 31:6
For it is sometimes in the deepest pain of our lives that God teaches us the most and the best. And reminds us we are truly loved. And never alone.