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Topic: Rejection (11/15/04)
TITLE: Rejection of A Friend
By mary wolf
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Did I know what it felt like to be rejected?
You bet I did!. Last summer, while I was at work, at least two co-workers talked behind my back and conspired to start rumors about me. The next day no one in the office would even speak.
Oh yes, I knew what rejection felt like. I remembered how it felt but why didn’t I see what I was dong to him?
Twice today, he tried to call me. I just turned and walked away.
It has been almost a month now; you would think he would give up and just leave me alone.
Today while I was driving home, he called again. Figuring he just wasn’t going to leave me alone, I answered. “What do you want? Why do you keep calling me?”
“ I just wanted to remind you, any time you need someone I’ll be here. Just call me.”
Guilty about how I had treated him, when he had done nothing but be my friend over and over again, I cooled off a bit and asked. “Why are you so kind to me? I have been so hateful to you.”
“ Your treatment of me has nothing to do with how I feel about you.”
In my heart, I knew that, but still in self-defense, I offered another excuse. “I am not really angry with you, I am just so busy that there isn’t enough time to do all of the things I need to, and still spend time with you.”
In the kindest, gentlest, voice he could, he replied, “ I’ll just wait until you make the time for me. Nothing is as important as you.”
I really began to wonder if he wanted to be more than a friend.
Well I certainly didn’t have time for a relationship! That would mean including him is every decision I made and even considering his opinion.
Pulling into the driveway, I got out and slammed the door. “I just don’t want to hurt you.” tears streaming down my face.
Following me to the house, his words embraced me.
“I love you!”
Breaking into sobs, “You’ll get over me. The timing just isn’t right! There are still some things I want to do and they can’t include you.”
“That is true, but I love you with an everlasting love.”
I went inside and shut the door. Listening I heard him say, “When you need me just call. I’ll always be there for you.”
He must have felt deeply rejected, but not once did he turn away from me. I had always been the one, to walk away from him.
How many times would he suffer rejection and still be there for me?
How deep would the wound be, because I had spurned his love?
If you have received Christ, He is your friend.
How many times have you rejected His love ?
By not spending time, just to read his word. By not praying, or seeking his fellowship?
Have you ever discarded him, by not obeying his leading in telling someone else about his love?
He is the best friend any one could ever have. I, am most guilty of all of the above.
If we are truthful, each Christian can say, “But by the Grace of God, there go I”.
May His Name be praised for loving me when I am unlovely.
To become more faithful as run our race is the hope we have.
That one-day we will stand before Him able to answer,In Paul the apostles’ words, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith”.
II Timothy 4:7