Rejected-I've been rejected by the boy I had a crush on in junior high but you know it was okay because God had the perfect Handsome guy already picked out for me. I just had to be rejected a few times before I would meet him. Those rejections taught me to really appreciate and value the "perfect" mate! One might even say I'm crazy blessed to have him!
Rejected-all of our pets have been adopted from shelters they were rejected by owners who no longer wanted them. We've brought them into our homes and our hearts, making them part of our every day lives. These rejected fur babies have shown me that even the outcasts have love to give and they crazy bless us every day with their love and affection.
Then it was as if I was watching a movie play out before my eyes. A movie of a story I've read countless times in my life from the book of Matthew chapter 27 the story of Pilate letting the crowd choose between Barabbas and Jesus. I could see the angry crowd, smell the dust and filth in the air, I could taste the sweat pouring off my face, I could feel the ropes that bound and my heart pounding in my chest as if I was Jesus. Pilate pointed to Barabbas and the crowd shouted to let him go free and then he pointed a me and the crowd erupted with angry cries of "Crucify, crucify, crucify...." and my heart broke at that moment I realized I had no idea what rejection was.
I couldn't possibly understand being the most innocent person to ever walk the earth and be rejected by an angry crowd. He was blameless, innocent as a newborn. So rejection here on earth by a few people is nothing I can not handle. Rejection was endured by the Son of God, it can be endured by me too! I'm privileged that He carried away my guilt, my shame and left me the ability to enjoy my crazy blessed life a little bit stronger after my rejections.