Why did they forget me?
Why did they walk away?
Why are they calling me that?
Why are they ignoring the way I feel? These are just a few of the feelings we’ve all felt at some point in our lives…the belief we’ve been abandoned, thrown to the side, or just totally misunderstood?
Over the last few months I’ve seen so many sad events play out in my community and among my friends and family. I’ve heard stories from those who are lonely and having trouble understanding why life hasn’t turned out to their expectations, and I’ve seen news clips of horrendous acts of violence that made me question if our nation would ever find its way back to peace?
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” were the words Jesus called out to God during His final moments on the cross. (Matt 27:46) He felt alone and abandoned by His own Father. But as He was taking on our sins, He was also taking on all our own feelings of abandonment.
One of the biggest reasons we feel abandoned is when the world mislabels us. The human race has so many wonderful and creative ways of standing out from the crowd, but welcome to the island of the misfit toys is a line we’re fed way too often. As though anything that would make us stand out, or look different than someone else, could deem us a misfit. We can be rejected by the world but still fit in. We can be labeled by others, but believe in our hearts that we are so much more.
When Jesus came to this world He said that he came for the sick. (Luke 5:31) I’m going to let you in on a big secret. We are all sick my friend. We’re all misunderstood. We’re all searching for someone to save us, to fix our problems, and to look us in the eyes and say I understand. I care. I believe in you.
If you are on the other side of this screen feeling lost, forsaken, alone, or hopeless, remember that you always have Someone who understands what you are going through. Even if you feel like your friends or family are ignoring what’s going on, you have a Creator who is well aware of your pain. He knows the suffering going on inside your head. He sees your struggles. He hears your cries. It’s not too late.
Jesus is relentlessly pursing you and will continue to do so until the very end. He knows your past, he’s well aware of your present, but most of all, he sees your future; a future that is full of hope and promise. Nothing you’ve ever done or will ever do is too much to turn Him away. He stands there with His arms extended out to you; arms that are full of love and encouragement. I promise you, no one understands more about being a misfit than He does.
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