Blessed by Rejection
by Regina Massey
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”
During my first three years of college, I felt certain that the Holy Spirit nudged me to serve as a camp counselor. I dreamed of meeting new friends, making special memories, and helping campers draw closer to the Lord. Each year, I eagerly awaited the email telling me that I’d gotten the job.
But each year, my application was rejected.
Since I never received an explanation, my mind imagined many. Maybe I’m not a good enough Christian. Maybe they don’t like me. Maybe I need to know someone to get the job.
I failed to realize how far my thoughts strayed from God’s true plan. Instead of the defeat I interpreted from those letters, the Lord meant to teach me something else.
Isaiah 55:8-9 reminds us that God works several steps ahead of us. His plans might not match what we have in mind but always bring the best. We may think God led us to pursue writing projects or other work only to experience rejection. Or we might believe we’ve found soulmates only to suffer abandonment.
Sometimes we believe that we’ve aligned all the parts of our lives like our will, desires, and even our writing perfectly with God’s. If we imagine the Holy Spirit tells us we should have what we want, all seems quite convenient. And yet, things still don’t work out
We can easily lean too heavily on our own understanding.
We can escape the pitfalls of this confusion when we talk to God. Read his Word. Ask him to help us discern whether our intent reflects his will, or a projection of our own desires onto the Holy Spirit.
God always has his reasons.
After I was rejected three times by the summer camps, I was accepted for an internship at a Christian publishing company. God provided this opportunity for me to enhance my skills as a writer and serve him with my words.
What wonderful surprise does God have waiting for you and your writing just around the corner? Ask him to lead you there. You don’t want to miss it.
Father, please help me to draw closer to you. Help me not to miss out on your plan for my life. I know that what you’ve planned for me is so much better than anything I could do for myself. Thank you for all your blessings. Amen.
Regina Massey is a college senior studying professional writing. Her poem “Somewhere Better” was published in the 2023 edition of Fountains. Her short story “Because He Forgives” will be published in the 2024 edition of Fountains. After she graduates in May 2024, she plans to continue working as a proofreader and eventually publish her own young adult novels.