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Topic: Black Sheep of the Family (10/03/13)
- TITLE: The odd silver lining
By Maretha Retief
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Some becomes an outcast because of behaviour or circumstances; with me, it was because of what I look like and even more, because of who I am. I bring out the worst in others because of my odd appearance. I make them feel uncomfortable, eerie or weird and they even act out negatively.
I stopped defending myself as people’s minds are made up about me even before I open my mouth. My family bears with me as I have nowhere else to go. Everywhere I go, I cause confusion. “How is that possible?”; the question on every person’s lips. I have been bruised and scarred beyond recognition - the fate of an outcast. If a person does not want to know me, that person never will.
I desire to be accepted, but it does not happen. I want to be loved, but I do not know how it feels to be hugged and I have never heard a word of compassion.
I know I have been called for a specific purpose in life, but it seems to be a lonely journey. I am the one who turns heads, but at the same time force people to look away. The ones I thought would accept me rejected me.
But, in the midst of my pain there is love – a love I do not understand, but remains the desire of my heart. In the midst of my rejection there is hope – a hope that brings peace and enough air for my next breath.
People may not accept me, but I will hold my head high. I know there is glory at the end of the road. I may not be perfect, but I know Who is. I am filled with pain and hurt, but I know Him who has walked this road before me. I have been rejected, but I know there is One whose rejections cannot be fathomed. I am broken, but I know He became broken so I can live in His wholeness. I am named an outcast by the world, but I know He embraces me with His redemption and love through His grace.
Today, I may still be perceived as an outcast, but I know I am embraced by the silver lining of God’s grace through Christ.
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