So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.Colossians 3:13 MSG
Ever feel the sting of rejection? It’s like those rocks in the quarry. You pick one up, inspect it and throw it back down. You may do this all day long until you find that one perfect stone you want to keep. Sometimes we may pick up the rock we think we want just to toss it back into the pile before we go. Often times we pick up treasured rocks and then just put them away for later or forget about them all together.
Sometimes this is how we are as humans looking for that perfect person to spend our life’s deepest secrets with. Maybe we do it when we are seeking friendship. What if the marriage or the friendship doesn’t work out like we wanted it to? What happens to those “rocks”? They get thrown aside or just plain forgotten about.
I myself have felt rejection right from the get go. Never thought I was meant to be born. Hardly had any friends in school. I was teased and picked on. Friends rejected me in all areas of my life even just recently. So how do I deal with this injustice? Here is my simple true answer: Jesus.
Do you know that God hand picked you? He chose you out of a pile of rubble and inspected you. Yes He saw your flaws. Yes He was well aware of your faults. He even knew you were not qualified for the purposes He had for you life. Nevertheless He picked you up, dusted you off and you became His treasure. My eyes brim with tears as I picture Him in the quarry choosing His stones.
We are not what we see ourselves and no matter how many times rejection has come into our lives, He always chooses us. He picks us up and holds us close to His heart. He begins to polish us and clean off our ugliness. He takes time and is patient in His work because He loves us with all of His heart.
I want you right now to stop what you are doing. Close your eyes after you read this. Imagine God standing in a quarry of stones. He is looking for one to use for His purposes. He may pass over the shiny one. He might even have to move some rocks around until He finds you, the one He has been searching for all this time. You are the chosen one. Chosen by God for a specific purpose. Just marinate in this picture for a moment until you feel the love of God permeating your every fiber. Friends, this is how much He loves you.