Have you ever experienced rejection?
That sad feeling of intense dejection
arising from dismissal or refusal of your proposal.
Have you ever been turned down?
have your efforts been melted down
Your emotions locked down
and your zeal dampened or deadened by rejection?
Have you ever tasted that feeling of frustration?
That instance when all you hear
are what you dread and fear?
You hear the echoes of failure,
and it seems to give you heart failure.
And all you could do is snooze and brood over all your failings.
All night long.
Have you ever faced rejection?
Perhaps you’ve been tossed around once or twice,
misunderstood when you tried to be nice,
and called a fool when you thought you were wise.
You’ve probably been insulted,
Cursed, abused and derided.
Voices and opinions of others might have chocked you,
Those you looked up to might have mocked you,
and levelled all forms of accusations at you.
When all you seek is something right and true.
You try so hard and patiently to be you
Yet the thick walls of frustration stares back at you
From the blue.
That’s the experience of rejection
The action of spuring and repudiation,
Of ostracisation and exclusion.
Forcing us to give up the stress,
embrace distress, regress and finally recess.
It lies lurking on our journey to success.
It’s like a ballistic missile designed to hinder our progress.
Rejection seeks to kill us and erase us
To limit us and shake us
to shatter our dreams and drain us
of every bit of confidence in us.
But this is just what it seems,
Not really what it means.
It’s only part of the scheme.
Rejection is a kind of strife
Rejection is all part of life,
I’m not an expert in psychology or philosophy.
Neither am I saying this to get paid a dime
I’ve only been rejected many times
I can’t even recount the times
I’m trying to give you some leverage so you can climb;
And escape from the deep pit of rejection, leaving all the challenges behind.
There is a bright side to rejection
Take a look at scriptures and you’ll see the reflection
Joseph was rejected for his ambitious dreams
But rejection couldn’t erase the greatness in his genes
Moses was rejected for his murder
But our God is not a recorder of our disorder
David was rejected by King Saul
But nothing could stop an anointed soul
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were bounded up and thrown into the fire
But they were made indestructible even by the fire,
Daniel was despised and casted into a dry well
But God used King Nebuchadnezzar, the most ruthless King that ever lived to save him from the dry well.
The ten Lepers were rejected and confined in exile
But right there in their loneliness they were saved by the Messiah
The woman with haemorrhage was rejected by the society
But somehow she took the giant step, escaping from her anxiety
Jesus Christ our Lord
The king of kings and Lord or Lords
crucified and killed
but in his painful rejection,
he purchased for us divine redemption
and expiation from all our transgression
A liberation from the shackles of oppression, dejection and rejection
All purchased through the power of his glorious resurrection
The rejected stone
Has now become the cornerstone
And If there’s anything these stories tells us
It is that rejection does not define us
So why should it even bother us
Rejected or not, God is still with us
It doesn’t matter how matter how often you’ve been told: “You’re not good enough”
It doesn’t matter how matter how many proposals you’ve written
Or how many CVs you’ve submitted.
What matter is that God is with you
Life may have your throat and try to choke you
But God has your heart and he will never let go
So just remember that to God you are amazing
You are wonderful
Chosen by him and not forsaken
Even through the deepest seas of rejection
And the crooked path to frustration
God is always ther to liberate you
To uplift you
And to restore all that you’ve lost.
(An Easter Special based on Christ’s Death and Resurrection)
Written by Joseph Martin Alex
Inspired by: + Sanctus Spiritus+