It seems I’ve taken up a new residence. I’ve moved to a place called Rejectionville. Not only do I now live there, I’m the president of the H.O.A.
Not by choice.
Wait! Is that you living two doors down the street? 😉
Rejection is a big issue, isn’t it? It’s a feeling we can relate to because we all experience it from time to time. Here is where it gets tricky. I know I don’t only feel rejection… unfortunately I, too, have been the rejector. It works both ways.
So, what do you do when you feel like the world (or most of it) is against you. That you just don’t matter… enough. When people purposely hurt you.
You know what I have a tendency to do when I operate in my flesh?
- I scream and cry
- I plot revenge in a very tasty way (and I can be creative)
- I have a pity party and send out no invitations
- I try to get others on my side
Did I actually just share all that? 🙂
But you know what the Bible says about it? “If God is for us who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) When I’m feeling snarky, my reply to that scripture is… “Well lots are against me! Just look at my life!” But most of the time (or eventually), I rest in knowing that my mighty Father is fully FOR me.
You know what, He’s for YOU, too.
I’ll be raw and honest with you… I’m in a tough season. Because God has clearly called me “out” of something in life, I am facing rejection on a very personal level. People I thought were my friends… people who have helped me in ministry… some who have been so supportive in the past… are acting out of character (I hope) and I am feeling rejected because of it.
But I am slowly and painfully learning that not every battle is mine to fight and not every wrong is ours to right.
Exodus 14:14 tells us that God will fight for us and all we need to do is stand still. If we stay in communication with our Father, we will know when it is time for us to battle and when it is time to stand back and watch Him battle for us.
I’m choosing to stand behind His shield and let Him deal with the flaming arrows being shot my direction. Every stinkin’ time I step out from behind Him… those arrows wound me.
I’m also going to continue to pray for my “enemies.” I don’t want my heart to become bitter because of the battle. Believe me, these are not bad people.
Well, I’ve decided to follow the high road and move up to the town of Trustburg. Heard the weather was better there? Care to move there with me? Yes, it’s a bit of a hike over some tricky terrain… but our footsteps will become lighter when we shake free from the need to make sure everyone understands us.
We could be neighbors… again.