My friend, may I ask you a question? Being rejected when we deserved it was one thing. But, what about those times when we suffered rejection, were blindsided, so to speak, and we just had no clue as to the “why’s” and the “how-comes”? You know, that day when you best friend wouldn’t talk to you and you hadn’t a clue?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
When you were a kid do you remember the times that you didn’t play fair? You know, the times when you subjected one of your friends to a nasty prank or were just plain rude for no reason to someone who trusted you and cared about you. When we played unfairly, the results of our unjust behavior was usually this--rejection by those we hurt. Sometimes that rejection came from individuals that were our best friends. Simply, it was a natural result of being unfair on our own that would often cause the sting of rejection to come into our lives.
Being rejected when we deserved it was one thing. But, what about those times when we suffered rejection, blindsided, so to speak, and we just had no clue as to the “why’s” and the “how-comes”? You know, that day when you best friend wouldn’t talk to you and you hadn’t a clue. Those were the worst times because we simply had no clue as to how to fix things. How is a Christian to react to those kinds of “unfair” rejection?
In 1858 the Illinois legislature sent Stephen A. Douglas to the U.S. Senate instead of Abraham Lincoln, although Lincoln had won the popular vote. (In those days the Illinois legislature elected its federal senators and not the voters.) The future president was stunned by the outcome but took it seemingly in stride. All of Lincoln's plans for the future and for his family had been riding on that election. When a sympathetic friend asked Lincoln how he felt, he said, “Like the boy who stubbed his toe: I am too big to cry and too badly hurt to laugh.” (Max Lucado, God Came Near, Multnomah Press, 1987, p. 57.)
Life is full of the unfair and the unjust. Unfortunately, when we dwell on what went wrong, what unfairly happened to us, we always risk the possibility that we might miss the opportunities that usually follow a rejecting defeat. Although Douglas seemed the winner in that 1858 election, he went on to obscurity and Lincoln went on to the presidency only two years later. Being unfairly rejected by those we loved and trusted is a bitter pill to swallow. But, if we are willing to swallow it, we can trust that God will turn that hurt into our favor somewhere down the road. It’s just a matter of time.
We pray. My whole life I’ve searched for a love to satisfy the deepest longings within me to be known, treasured, and wholly accepted. When You created me, Lord, Your very first thought of me made Your heart explode with a love that set You in pursuit of me. Your love for me was so great that You, the God of the whole universe, went on a personal quest to woo me, adore me, and finally grab hold of me with the whisper, “I will never let you go.” Lord, I release my grip on all the things I was holding on to, preventing me from returning Your passionate embrace. I want nothing to hold me but You. So, with breathless wonder, I give You all my faith, all my hope, and all my love. I picture myself carrying the old, torn- out boards that inadequately propped me up and placing them in a pile. This pile contains other things I can remove from me now that my new intimacy- based identity is established. I lay all these things down with my broken boards and ask that Your holy fire consume them until they become weightless ashes. And as I walk away, my soul feels safe. Held. And truly free to finally be me. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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