Rejection is redirection

There is so much that is preached in the Church today that condition us to believe that we can have what we ask from God if we have thoughtfully and prayerfully requested at the exact time we want it. Yet so many times life teaches us something else. It’s called rejection. Now the prefix “re” simply means to do again.

How many times has this happened to you? You pray and ask God to show you what He has planned out for you. Then God responds so quickly that you can’t even believe the dream. You then put your faith to action, and plan how to achieve that. And unfortunately what emerges is the opposite of what you hoped for and the results are pathetic.

Jer. 29:11“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Emotionally, you feel rejected and before you know it frustration starts building up from the inside of you. And while you are still dealing with the shock of being reject, confusion start building up. You wonder if God even told you to do what you are doing or if you are called for this.

Let me share my story on how I learend that rejection is redirection in my life. Like you. I've had my share of rejections in this life that I care to count. Some have been severely painful, like the job I didn’t get at a publishing firm as an assistant editor. I took a day off from my job to just cry and cry and cry. I was in so much pain and I didn’t understand why God closed that door. And now that I think about it’s so funny that I took time off from work.

Let’s face it, rejection never feels great and we don’t know how to embrace it. And so many times we get stuck in the “Why Lord” rather than “What do you want me to do now Lord”.

Proverbs 20:30 says, Sometimes, it takes a painful situation to change your ways.

If I got that job as an assistant editor I wouldn’t have had the guts to start Inside Woman Online. And my life would have been totally different and off-balance. I thank God that he molded me (painful as it was) for the life that He carved out for me today.


So since none of us are immune from rejection, let me ask you these questions: Do you feel that you’re stuck? Do you feel that life is stagnant? That you’re not growing?

Guess what, despite your loss, your failure, your trial, God is rescuing you. God is saving you. God is bringing you to a better place. Listen to God’s voice. He may be asking you to change your strategy. Don’t be attached to how you did things before. Let God lead you and you will have success that “exceeds you expectations” Ephesians 4:20.

The journey may be humbling. It may be painful. It may be difficult. It may be exciting. It may be eye-opening. Whatever the journey may be, it should be anything but boring.

Don’t fear the redirection of God. You may think you’re losing ground and wasting time but nothing could be further from the truth. God redirects us to fulfill His divine purpose for your life.

God open the doors that are right for me and shut all those that aren’t. And give me Grace to accept those that you close in Jesus name, Amen.