I heard a story recently about a little girl, who having been rejected by Daddy’s new wife, asked to go and live with Mummy. Daddy sadly sent her to Mummy, to try and work on his marriage. A short time later in front of all her new school friends, Mummy yelled at her that she didn’t want her and wanted nothing to do with her. She ended up first with a family friend, then her half-brother took her in and called her father.
Daddy did the right thing, he packed his clothes in his car and left his new wife for good, driving the several hundred miles to his daughter. He is sleeping on his step-son’s couch and caring for his rejected little girl. She is not rejected by him, he loves his daughter, more than her own mother, and more than his new wife. Would you want to be with someone who rejected and mistreated your child? Does God?
Like that little girl, God understands rejection. Today I our Old Testament reading, we read how God was rejected by Israel, they asked the prophet Samuel, who had retired, to find them a King. Instead of having God as their King. God tells Samuel that it is Him they are really rejecting, not Samuel’s sons, who were obviously the ones in charge at the time.
Jesus also experienced rejection, in fact he knew ahead of time that he would.
Maybe he was surprised however by the viciousness and strength of the attack. Our gospel reading today is about the Pharisees accusing Jesus of being ‘possessed by Satan’ and claiming that is what gives him the power to cast out demons. They are totally ignoring and rejecting the other healings and miracles, they are ignoring his teachings. No one possessed by Satan would teach and preach love. Jesus teaches love, even love for your enemies.
That Daddy was an ex-Christian who had lost his faith years earlier, like the prodigal son he had walked away from God and had followed wrong desires in his life. He has learned some hard lessons, but one of those he is learning now is that God loves him as much as he loves his daughter. He knows he needs God to help him heal his daughter’s heart. The lost sheep is seeking his way back to the Father’s House and found the Father is running to meet him with open arms.
As Joyce Meyer states ‘God desires to heal His people, from past hurts caused by rejection.’ She is not wrong – like that little girl my mother rejected me. I had no Daddy, but God was there for me. Years later my mother found Jesus and that all changed, he turned that rejection to love, He is healing all my rejection. God is a great Daddy and I adore Him as much as that little girl adores her Daddy.