Margaret H. Johnson
Author. Inspirational Speaker. Self Publishing Consultant
Be Real. Be Authentic. Be You!
"I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14
There have been many times in my life when I have enjoyed being a part of something bigger than myself. I have taken pleasure in sharing the same vision as a select group of people, working towards that vision and then seeing that vison come to pass. Collaborations are so fulfilling because you get to bounce ideas off other like minded people and work together to reach a common goal. I wish that dreams and visions were always grown together in the harmony of likeminded people, but that is not always the case. What do you do when you have a vision or dream and it seems that no one supports it? What happens when you share what God has been showing you and there is no one cheering you to keep pressing forward? How do you navigate the road to destiny when there is no collaboration? How do you handle rejection?
When Jesus walked the earth, He performed miracles, signs and wonders. He didn't go bragging on Himself. No, He just did what He was called to do and let others see His works. He dealt with rejection even though people could see that He was chosen. Yet and still, Christ continued to walk in His purpose. He continued to leap into destiny despite the lack of support from those He had healed, delivered and set free. Jesus had an inner circle but in the end, even they abandoned Him. Peter, the one who declared that Jesus was in fact the Christ, later denied even knowing Him. Why did this happen?
I believe that there is a blessing in rejection. Sometimes we have to be alone and isolated so that we can see what God is truly doing in our lives. The more Jesus was rejected, the more He was determined to complete the task before Him. The more He was spit on, the more confidence He had in His ability to be all that God called Him to be. It was in that rejection that Jesus was able to stay on the cross. No one could die for Jesus, He had to die all by Himself. He was the only one that could fulfill the promise of salvation for humanity. Jesus died for the very ones that rejected Him.
There have been many times in my life where I have felt isolated, rejected and all alone. Yes there have been people around me but I still felt all alone. When I first got sick, I was a pillar of strength. I continued to trust God and believe that things would get better. Then the months lingered on and I began to lose that same fervency that I once had. I felt isolated and I began to withdraw from those that loved me. At first that isolation seemed like torture but eventually it allowed me to draw closer to God. In the silence, I cried out to God even more and He began to restore my joy. In the midnight hour, as I began to draw closer to God, He began to draw closer to me. He called my name and I began to answer. He wrapped me in His arms and I have never felt more accepted and loved.
There will times in our lives when we feel like we are all by ourselves. We will feel rejected and all alone, but in those moments remember that God has promised to never leave us or forsake us. Sometimes rejection is a blessing because it allows us to put everything in God's hands. We can rely on people too much to determine our standing in life. It does not matter if other people don't support you. As long as you are doing what God has called you to do, everything will fall into place. Remember that just because people are clapping for you and calling your name does not mean they are for you. Don't let people's acceptance or rejection determine what you will and will not do.
What if Jesus had stopped just because He was rejected? We would surely be lost. I am so grateful that Jesus saw the blessing in rejection. Be encouraged to know that your success or failure does not rely on the acceptance of others. Your success begins when you accept Jesus Christ as Savior. Let Him direct your path and you will never fail. Don't look at what anyone else is doing to determine your level of success or failure. What God has for you is just for you. He has called you by name and your calling has nothing to do with anybody else. Yes there are times when you will be rejected, but in those times don't look at that rejection as a negative thing. Keep going whether people support you or not. Stay true to calling even if you have to keep pressing all by yourself. Remind yourself that the good work He started in you will be completed. Walk into your destiny even if you have to walk alone. Believe in yourself and the vision God has given you even if nobody else does. You are called. You are chosen. You have been set apart. Sometimes the greatest victory comes in the midst of a rejection.
"Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?" Matthew 21:42
How do you handle rejection? I would love to hear your thoughts, comments!!
Until next time...Be Real. Be Authentic. Be YOU!!
This morning during my prayer time, God revealed Himself to me. It was a simple message, yet such a profound one. In the stillness of the moment, God whispered these words, "I am the God who cares." I was in awe of how much God loved me in that simple message. He chose to come see about me and for that I am truly grateful.
The Bible tells us in I Peter 5:7 that we should cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us. I have read that scripture so many times and found comfort in those words. I have used that passage to encourage others, but on this morning God chose to reveal to me that He is the God that cares. When God speaks it is as if in that moment nothing else matters. God is not like man. He cannot lie. God chose to reveal Himself to me so that I would know with certainty that He cares for me. God knows the very thing that we need and the exact time we will need it. He looks through the hands of time and sees our tomorrow and prepares us for the journey that is to come. I am so honored that God chose to share His heart with me.
When I was pursing my master's degree in Religion and Biblical Studies, I had to take a course in Apologetics. I was excited about the opportunity to learn about other religions but more importantly I knew that the course would equip me with an arsenal of knowledge to defend my faith against other doctrines. During the course, I studied all types of religions from Buddhism to Hinduism to Atheism. What I found interesting about most religions is that many of them do not worship a specific god. If they do worship a god, it is a distant one that is uncaring or indifferent to their needs. When I finished the course, I was even more thankful that I accepted Christ as my Savior. He drew me in with His love. In Christ, I have a true relationship and experience intimacy that cannot be compared to anything else in this world. Before I even utter the words, He hears me. While I am yet calling on Him, He is already preparing a way of escape.
This week has been a tough one for me. I have been dealing with migraines and the pain at times has been unbearable. I was unable to post on social media this week due to the pain but I am thankful that I am feeling better this morning and am able to share with you in this blog post. Despite what some people may say, God cares about the tears that we cry. He is concerned about every facet of our lives. Even when God allows us to go through hardships, He whispers in our ear and reminds us that He will never leave us or forsake us. In the valley seasons, God is orchestrating our tomorrow. No matter how much the storm rages, God calms the sea of our hearts. He wants us to open up to Him and He is always there with a listening ear. God chose to reveal Himself to me this morning because He knew I needed a word from Him. It was a word that I will cherish always.
The God that I serve cares about His people. He is not a distant or indifferent God. He wants to know about every area of our lives. He is there to listen in the darkest of hours and even in our mountaintop seasons. There is no one else like Him. I have tried Him and I know Him. We can read scripture all day long. We can memorize verses and understand the history of the Bible, but there is nothing like divine revelation from God. When you receive revelation straight from the heart of God it is propels you forward. It gives you the confidence to know that you are not alone. God is right there with you and fighting for you. Revelation is a special thing. It goes beyond knowledge but it is a spiritual gift set aside for those who really want to see God for who He is. God revealed to me today that He cares.
I want to encourage you today through the revelation that I received this morning. God cares about you. He wants you to cast every care upon Him. Don't keep your feelings bottled up inside. God desires a relationship with you today. No matter what you have done or will do, God will never hold it against you. He has a bright future in store for you. There is a path set before you and God wants to show you the road map to destiny. God wants to supply your every need yet He loves you so much that He wants to give you the desires of your heart. Release every burden and He will envelope you with a peace that cannot be explained with mere words. He is the God that cares.
"Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." I Peter 5:7
Until next time.....Be Real. Be Authentic. Be YOU!