A lot times in life people get rejected for all kinds of things. Quite recently (I mean today), I was rejected on something that I believed was true. Till this time in my life, I never tasted what rejection felt like. And it’s bitter…very bitter. You hear people talking about it; So you try to console them or make them understand there are greater things yet to come. But I don’t think you can really understand the true pain that someone goes through until you experience it yourself. As part of this life, we are bound to face rejection. For me, it came at quite a later stage in life. So I came home feeling sad, disappointed and obviously rejected.
In my life, success came in bountiful purely by having God by my side. I found it easier to work hard and earn my way through different stages. By God’s grace, I’ve done quite well in life. I am proud of His work in my life. I have been blessed with a lot of things that others only dream about. I’ve rejected a lot of things that came to me including the very experience I went through where I was on the other side. But tables have turned. I didn’t realise how much it would affect someone who has been rejected. But today I know and I am glad, I know.
It gave me a good perspective to see what Jesus must have felt like. What I feel like is nothing compared to what Jesus must have felt like. In fact, I rather not even compare my experience with His. His rejection is far greater than what our minds can comprehend with. It says in Matthew 27:46, “About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).”. Here is the son of God (who we know is one with Father) crying aloud asking God why he had been forsaken. What a distasteful feeling it must have been to feel rejected? It would have been millions of folds greater than what I experienced today.
So now, I appreciate a little more of what Jesus did for you and me. What he went through so we can have life and life more abundant. Thank God for giving me this experience. Now I know how rejection feels like. I would be so much more sensitive to people who have been rejected now. More so than that, I would be that much more grateful each time I pray about the cross. Thank you Lord for the cross!
How deep the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
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