Bad things happen in life. It can feel like you are headed into a long dark tunnel. You don’t know what is on the other side. Somebody hurts you and everything around you gets a little darker. It starts to feel lonely. It is hard to see a way out. You start to wonder if you have been rejected by God.
I have believed for a long time that a person’s wellbeing encompasses physical health, emotional health and spiritual health. It is easy to find professional help and guidance for physical and emotional health. Spiritual health can be far more difficult. While prayer and worship are important they don’t alway bring the wholeness the spirit needs, and a pastor isn’t generally equipped to heal deep wounds.
Let me elaborate. As a young girl, I experienced traumatic events that I didn’t fully understand. I knew they weren’t right, but I didn’t know how to handle them. I pulled inward and began to distance myself from anyone that could potentially hurt me. The darkness of the tunnel set in. I began to believe that all these bad things must mean that I had been rejected by God.
This was a spiritual issue buried deep within. Consciously, I believe these scriptures. I know God’s deep love for me and all of us. But, that little girl within me still felt rejected. How could God love someone if He let’s others hurt her? This belief lived deep inside effecting physical and emotional health. It was time to revisit this belief and let it go claiming these scriptures and others that remind me that God’s love for me is genuine and true.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
3 The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying:“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3 NIV)
It was with skilled counsel that I was able to work through this. Dealing with the emotional aspects has been vital. Dealing with feeling rejected by God has given me a sense of wholeness and joy that has been missing for a long time. I am no longer in the dark tunnel.
God is the master healer, restorer, and generator of everlasting love. Seeking health physically, emotionally and spiritually has brought me to wholeness. Incorporating my spiritual wellbeing has left me feeling truly loved by God. My heart is full in a way that is brand new. This hasn’t been a simple or easy process and I’m probably not done. But, my heart knows without hesitation that Scripture holds true; God’s love is unfailing and everlasting.
Have you ever felt rejected by God? How have you worked through it? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.