“Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared. (Psalm 119:37-38)
One of my personal experiences of feeling the sting of rejection was the time I did not get selected for a specific position years ago. The selecting official called me into her office and said I was the top ranked candidate, but she selected two employees who were working under my supervision. Can you believe my employees were promoted over me? I was angry but did not know how to proceed in the early years of my career. However, I understood her reasons were GOD’s redirection for better things to come.
Several months later, I interviewed for a position at another agency, on a different base, and was selected. It turned out to be the greatest job in my federal career. GOD blessed me with an awesome supervisor, Brenda, and the opportunity to work with two wonderful computer operators (KB and DC). We were a great team! Although it has been over twenty years since we worked together, Brenda and I still communicate with one another and I follow KB and DC on Facebook.
As a matter of fact, a photo with the four of us taken over twenty years ago is used on my cell phone as the contact profile picture for Brenda. SIDE NOTE: I know Brenda is reading this blog. So, Brenda, I want you to know that you are still loved, missed, cherished and will never be forgotten. What a blessed redirection you were then and still today! Thank you, my friend, for everything you did to make a warm, calm and spiritual environment in our office, even with KB’s snake joke played on me (LOL).
My husband often told me that I was a worrier, and he was right. I had to learn to rise above man’s rejection in order to be redirected to things and people that matter on my spiritual journey. The pits that are being dug for me are no longer my concern. Why? Proverb 26:27, tells me it will not be me who falls into the pits but the one who dug them. A great biblical reminder is Genesis 37:24, 29, Joseph was cast into a pit and when Reuben returned to the pit, Joseph was not there; and the rest is history.
I am very thankful to my Heavenly Father for using others, including those outside His covenant, to keep me from veering from His calling for my life. I was redirected, not rejected. I count it all joy that people see me in the likeness of our LORD and SAVIOR.
John 15:18-19 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
QUESTIONS TO PONDER
What are you allowing to vex your mind? Have you taken steps to eliminate the stressors? Are you vexed by drama, low self-esteem, social media posts, news media, family members or job-related issues? Do you waste time on things and people that cannot get you from earth to glory? Do you see those those tiny giants more powerful than GOD? What is in this wicked world worth exchanging the salvation of our soul? #WhatBrotherDemas?
There is no greater promotion than from earth to glory. If you are being distracted or feel rejected, I encourage you to let the LORD be your strength and defense. (Psalm 118:14).
My intellectual energy keeps me focus on my spiritual strength as one of GOD’s children. So, I appreciate all those who rejected my applications for places GOD did not want me. I gained peace over position, power over profits, and that my friends can no man take away.
Solomon had it right in Ecclesiastes 1:14, “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”
Thank you, Jeremy, for your thoughtfulness to nominate me for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award. Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award I – Thea Thoolika (wordpress.com)
The first imagine used in this blog was posted on Facebook by cousin Barbara H., which inspired me to write this blog. Thank you Barbara.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—is good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. (Psalm 34:17-19)
As you come to Him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by GOD and precious to Him. (I Peter 2:4)
He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. (John 1:11)