A Christmas Treasure for You: Turning Rejection into Rejoicing!

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 in Faith | 69 comments

As I sat down to write several days ago, the snow gently falling outside my window was especially beautiful as it sparkled in the sun’s light. This glorious glittering reminded me of the “silver and gold” of Christmas, but sadly of all I still “need to do” in the hustle and bustle of the season! Thankfully, in that very thought did God also remind me of the story of Mary and Martha and what was truly important amidst “all the preparations that had to be made” (see Luke 10:38-42). As a result, today my Christmas “preparations” are still far from complete, yet now that sparkling snow represents to me an extremely valuable hidden treasure which I found in the glory-filled chest of God’s Word.

I think we all know that not only at Christmastime but ANY time, rejection hurts. But during this season of extra-special love and joy, anything dark seems to shade the light in a more exaggerated way. Christmas is a time of heightened focus on relationships, and as Beth Moore says, “Rejection can and will happen anywhere there is relationship. In fact, the only prerequisite for rejection is relationship” (Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore). And deep are the wounds. Beth goes on to say, “I’m not sure many things hurt more than rejection by the one you put yourself out there for…” Based on my own experiences, I would definitely agree. But as I have cried to my God countless times these last couple of years, my loving heavenly Father has shown me in these last couple of days a beautiful new treasure of turning rejection into rejoicing.

When I feel the sting of rejection, the first place I have learned to go is 1 Peter 2:4 where God tells me even though I am “rejected by men” I am “chosen by God and precious to him.” But in these last several days, I was led to Psalm 118 (which I encourage you to read in its entirety!). When I read, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:22-23), it brought such redeeming purpose to every tear I have shed! I hope you are getting this for yourself, because this is HUGE! A “capstone” is a “concluding achievement” and when Peter quotes the psalmist’s words in 1 Peter 2:7, “capstone” may also be translated “cornerstone” which our “Sovereign Lord says” is “tested,” “precious,” and provides “a sure foundation” for the one who trusts in Him (Isaiah 28:16)! This makes me so happy because it TRULY turns my being “rejected” into being “chosen”…it completely changes feeling like a victim into feeling protected for a purpose. How I hope you see this for yourself because this sparkling treasure is great cause for rejoicing!

Hmm…funny the very next line in Psalm 118 (verse 24) is “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This is perhaps one of the most “famous” or most quoted lines in all of Scripture but again, I had never noticed it is the concluding statement of a paragraph that begins with rejection of all things! It shouldn’t surprise me one bit that our God who specializes in transforming all things broken into something more beautiful than before would turn our greatest pain into the most elevated rejoicing…that’s just God.

Peter goes on to say that as “chosen people…people belonging to God,” we are to “declare the praises of him who called (us) out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9). My Christmas prayer for you is that in the very wounds of any rejection you feel, God’s wonderful light will shine and fill you with the knowledge that you are chosen and precious to Him! And as you hold this treasure in your heart, may you declare His praises and REJOICE this Christmas season and always!

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