Rejection: Have you ever been rejected? I’m not confining REJECTION to one’s love life, rather, I’m applying it to anything….or, everything. Employment rejection; career promotion; being rejected from playing the position of wide-receiver; being rejected (black-balled) from the local businessman’s club; rejection from having your book published; and yes…your long-time sweetheart has given you your walking papers. Then there’s rejection from the planned ski-trip, as there’s too many have signed up to go; the part you wanted to play in the Church Christmas show was given to someone who can’t even sing as good as you; and you rejected by the department who issues marriage licenses because you wanted to marry your second cousin. The county zoning department rejected your proposed expansion. Some people seem to magnetize towards the “rejection-slip.” They get rejection after rejection. They get depressed, they start losing weight, and their spouse becomes suspicious…. The whole world is coming down on them. Why? You probably even think that God has rejected you…. By allowing all of these “other rejections.” We’ve got to blame someone….why not God. He could have handled it….but didn’t. It may be that God doesn’t even know you wanted that certain position, or the lead part in the play. It may be that you’ve NEVER even considered God in the process of discernment. It’s likely that God has been completely left out of the process; so how can you blame God? That’s the whole point that I’m making….we’re trying to “go-it-alone.” And, we must not forget that the ultimate REJECTION is that which Jesus Christ endured…for us. Psalm 34:17-20 – When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. John 15:18 –“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. Too often when we’re “down on ourselves,” and we are also down on Jesus Christ; because we are blaming Him. Little do we know that Jesus is NOT down on us; no, rather He’s waiting for you to “come to Him,” or He’s waiting for the ideal circumstances to come into play? He wants the best for us, and when HE’S ready….it will be done. Jeremiah 29:11 –For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. God is simply telling two things….to pray, and to be patient. ….Blessings…cjlb…8/6/14.