As I read in the Proverbs31 Women #First5 Advent devotional this week I was reminded how God uses rejection in our lives (and don’t we all have those times?) to show us His grace.
“What we view as rejection often opens the door for God’s grace to unfold in our story. Christ came to deliver humanity, but ironically, all the inn doors were closed for His entrance. There was no place for the Messiah that night. No one welcomed Him in. Jesus was rich, but He made Himself poor for our sake. (2 Corinthians 8:9) When we feel displaced and alone, we can fix our gaze on the man of sorrows who is acquainted with grief and find comfort in remembering our His story.” First5 Advent-Pointing to the Promise-Day 17 Devotional-Lyli Dunbar
It’s easy to remember times of rejection. Easy as in they can pop into your mind at any time, difficult to face, maybe difficult to forgive at times. Those events seem to just attach to my heart like a sticker burr. Sometimes just a careless word can cause so much pain, just like stepping on that tiny sticker with bare feet. But God uses those times to bring us to Him. That’s where we get comfort. He can even remove the sticker, but sometimes it still takes a while to heal.
Even when it still hurts-the memory of rejection or hurt, I can see God’s amazing hand in my life. He has lead me like the Good Shepherd that He is. He kept me within the fold, He pours out the healing balm, He has carried me through things I thought I could not endure, He leads me with His rod and staff. The Father has planned from the beginning knowing my choices would not always honor Him, knowing sometimes I would speak words or act in ways that hurt others-causing feelings of rejection in someone else’s heart. Jesus suffered rejection unto death-for me. He chose the path of a humble servant that I could live a life eternally in glory. He sent the Helper as a seal of the promise of His return, to guide and comfort. He never leaves us alone in our trials in this world but even grows our faith in the midst of them. He is certainly trustworthy and deserving of all praise.
Sometimes in the midst of pain, it’s almost impossible to see where God’s grace is working. Did I know 40+ years ago that I would not only someday know my daughter but even get to “be her mother”? Could I have imagined being Grammy to her 6 children? The view of the future is hidden, but we can trust God that whatever His plan for our lives is good. (Picture above: my three oldest granddaughters and myself-reflection in an Christmas ornament. How perfect is that?)
Maybe as I reflect on His goodness in my life, I can see His grace even in times I have felt rejected. I can see His grace in the times I thought my life was worthless. When the enemy whispers those reminders, bringing with it doubts and fear, I will call upon the Lord. Within His grace I can see the truth: I am loved; I am enough because Christ is sufficient in me; my worth is not dependent on what others think of me, because He has a plan for my life that is good and has purpose; and He can use me to love and serve others in His name. I am His beloved, and He has chosen to bless me-not because I could ever deserve it, but because of His wonderful love, His incredible grace and His magnificent mercy. I am so thankful.
“But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!”Psalms 31:14-16
KP Dec 2020