In the summer between the second and third grade, I took the time to write a one page letter to a boy who I thought was cute. Alternating each letter with a different color from my rainbow pencil set, I wrote it out perfectly and even asked my dad how to spell "sincerely". The intent of the letter was to ask him to be my boyfriend and my hopes were set so high in receiving a response (rolling my eyes at the idea now- sorry mom and dad, I went behind your back).
But I never got a response. Come fall, I thought maybe the letter got lost in the mail, maybe he never got it. That was until coming back to school one day where his mom pointed at me and said "That's the girl who wrote the letter! hahahaha!" On that day, I tasted rejection and humiliation for the first time.
Maybe you've tasted rejection a little bit more painful than my third grade self did on that day? Rejection from a loved one or someone you look up to, from all the jobs or colleges you've applied to, maybe from someone you don't even know that well? Maybe you've put yourself out there or spoke up and were not accepted? If there is anyone who can relate to the pain that rejection pierces you with, its Jesus Christ Himself.
"He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not." Isaiah 53:3
Though Christ experienced rejection, He brought us acceptance with the Lord as He took our place on the cross. Even though in our sin we rejected Him, He still loved us. He mends the wounds of the broken hearted and makes us a new creation in Him. We don't have to look to the acceptance from man for joy or hope, but we can rest in the acceptance He secured for us as He laid His life down on our behalf. In the midst of the pain you might experience from rejection here on earth- draw near to the one who has accepted you based on the love He chose to extend to you. An unconditional love that was given to you not based on how smart, well behaved, or good looking you are. Receive comfort knowing that there is nothing that will ever separate you from His love.