Updated: Dec 2, 2019
"if you take out the precious from the vile" Jeremiah 15:19
Las night I sat on my couch pondering on this verse,and these words jumped out at me "if you take out the precious from the vile" "God what do you mean by that?" I asked Him. Then, I remembered how bad I was feeling earlier. There I was with the world on my shoulders, taking up burdens that did not belong to me. I had chosen to take offense, to sit and simmer in my own misery. I talked to the Lord and asked Him to show me why I felt that way. "All I want is to be accepted" I cried. His love surrounded me and as I sat there He whispered in my soul "you are feeling rejected" I know I was, but I didn't want to feel that way.
On days when I feel rejected, unwanted, unseen, overlooked and unnoticed I think about my Lord Jesus, being one hundred percent human and one hundred percent God, how did he deal with the sting of rejection? did he cry over it? did it make him want to give up on humanity because of it? when we don’t deal with rejection it can linger for a long time, it is like the stinger of a wasp left deep in our hearts.
God has a way of speaking into me when I feel down, He takes me to scripture and shows me truth, after all it is truth that sets us free ( John 8:32). As I meditated on Jeremiah 15:19 I suddenly realized that rejection is the vile and my attitude towards it or what I do with it is the precious. What I mean is that in this world we will experience many bad things, pain, suffering, heartache, rejection and disappointment. It's a vile world. What I do with it and how I respond to that pain and rejection can be precious. Instead of marinating in rejection putting up walls and taking on a cynical attitude towards others and life I can decide to pray and trust in the Lord with that pain, in return I get peace, compassion and understanding.
My heart remains open to trust and love not just God but others as well. This is not the first nor the last time I will experience pain but the next time this vile world comes knocking I can choose to take out the precious from it.