Uninvited

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I had slipped into my cute little black dress with the sexiest pair of heels I could find. I stood staring in our long mirror and thought, Girl, you look real good tonight! My husband had a business meeting downtown. But for us, we were calling it date night! The place we were attending was exclusive. You couldn't just show up. You had to know somebody in the venue, and they would have to add you to a guest list. It was by invitation only that we could be a part of the experience.

The night was going so well. Wow! I thought to myself, things just couldn't be more prefect... We had ordered food (that was already paid for), and we were meeting some really great people, many with great affluence. There to my right, was a man whom I learned was a top writer and blogger who carried such a powerful story about how he turned his passion into a very profitable business. I would love to steal 5 mins of his time, I thought to myself.

Low and behold, there came my opportunity.

My husband's friend signals for him to come over to our table. He introduces us by name, then by profession. My introduction sounded like this: "And this is his wife Monique. She is an upcoming writer. Hey it would be great if you'd share some of your pointers with her..." He looked at me dead in the face. Smiled as he shook my hand. Then proceeded to say, "Well guys, nice to meet you all, I've got to go."

Done.

That was it. It was over in a matter of seconds.

I literally sat in my seat in utter disbelief. I went from feeling warm and fuzzy inside to feeling cold and empty. I felt rejected and uninvited.

Did I say something wrong? Did I smell? Did I look like I just didn't measure up? Maybe my look wasn't right? Maybe it was obvious that I just didn't belong? 

Immediately, it brought me back to my younger days when people would judge me for who they thought I was, instead of accepting me for who I am.

Rejection has a way of doing that. Making you feel like you are less-than capable, less-than qualified, less-than beautiful and less-than...you!

Rejection makes you feel less-than ____________.

Sitting at the table trying to escape an imprisonment of negative emotions, I heard this still small voice say, I will be your wings. I will carry you and get you to where you need to be.

They were small simple words that brought complete consolation.But that's just God! He has a way of meeting us right where we're at. Right when I was feeling unwanted and unaccepted; He noticed me, and He sent His love to comfort me.

Unlike mankind, the love of God is not harsh and judgmental. Rather, it is comforting and accepting.

His love accepts our deficiencies. It accepts our inaccuracies. And it erases our impurities.

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It invites us in to experience His acceptance through validation.

When I consider that moment at the table where I sat in disbelief, I was able to quickly brush off those feelings of rejection. Because the warmth that ran through my body, came from knowing God loves, accepts and validates who I am, right where I am. Friend, let go of those yucky feelings that come from the disapproval of others. Run to the arms of God. Hear Him whisper His comforting words of wisdom. He loves you, accepts and validates you, right where you are.

Romans 8:38-39 NLT

[38] And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. [39] No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.