A while ago, I was scrolling on Instagram and came across a picture on one of my friend’s feeds. She was standing there with a few of my other friends with the caption, “my girls.”
I’m sure you can already see where I’m going with this…I wasn’t invited. In that moment I felt rejected, unwanted, and set aside. I let my flesh take over and “liked” the photo, hoping one of them would see my “like” and think, “Oh, we should have invited Bethanne,” but no dice!
It’s easier than we realize to let thoughts of rejection, failure, and feelings of unmet expectations creep in.
Maybe your summer hasn’t been all that you hoped it would be. Maybe vacation ended up being more work than it was worth. Maybe you haven’t had the opportunity to rest the way you wanted. Maybe you are giving of yourself over and over again and you are weary and worn down.
Or, maybe, like I did, you feel that pang of rejection when you see other sisters meeting together, knowing that you were left out.
In the midst of my own personal pity party, I was reminded of a passage that you may have heard of before. Many of you may even have this passage committed to memory. But, allow yourself to look on it with fresh eyes today.
Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” The Message actually translates that as “I don’t need a thing.”
“The Lord is my shepherd, I don’t need a thing. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
David wrote these verses and he was a man who knew rejection well. When Samuel came to look at all of Jesse’s boys to see which one would be king, good ole dad left David out in the fields. — not good enough.
King Saul hated David so much that he tried to kill him a number of times — rejection.
And yet, David still was able to say, “I don’t need a thing…surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Why? Because, “The Lord is my shepherd.”
I was feeling rejected, forgetting that I have been redeemed. I am a daughter of the KING!
Galatians 4: 4-7 says
“4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
1 Peter 2:9 says
“9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
Those girls certainly never meant to leave me out. In fact, there were quite a few other friends that weren’t in the picture as well. In an instant, I had let my flesh take the place of the truth. I had let scrolling take the place of time with God. And I had let social media take the place of relationship.
This year, I have been praying for these things in this picure…and halfway through the year, I could sure use a refresher!
So, the next time expectations go unmet, when feelings of disappointment and rejection set in always remember that HE gives us all that we need.