Rejoice in Rejection

There are a lot of things in life we rejoice about including buying a new car, moving into a new home, and promotions on our job, and finding love, but when there is rejection in any of these areas, we find it hard to find a reason to celebrate or rejoice.

Simply put, rejection hurts, but it does not have to.  When you truly understand God’s love for you, it is then that you realize that rejection is not meant to hurt you, but it is either to protect you or to promote you.  

Think about it.  Have you ever been turned down for a loan?  Whether it be a mortgage, car, or personal loan, the rejection can be devastating especially when you had been looking forward to what it was you desired to purchase.  Then right after you were denied, you lost your job, or had an illness or injury that kept you out of work and equated to a loss of pay, or something else came about that caused your income to decrease therefore not allowing you the opportunity to properly pay back the money you were denied.  It tends to happen that way.

Those are the times you can rejoice in rejection because you could have obtained money you would not have been able to pay back or bought a car that you would not have been able to afford, but because God already knows what’s to come ahead for us, He blocked the debt you could not otherwise pay.  

Or what about that promotion you wanted so badly and you got turned down for it, and then later you found out that the department did a major layoff and the position you applied for was one of those eliminated?  It happens that way so rejoice that you still have the job that you have and you are not unemployed.

Recently I moved and when the process first started, I applied to lease a home and to me, it was the perfect home.  It had some minor issues or so I thought, but I was willing to overlook them because the house was just what I wanted, even though the price was at the top of my budget.  Everything was going along fine and right before I signed my lease, I received a call that they declined my application. I was devastated for about 5 minutes. Seriously, I was not upset long at all because I started rejoicing along with my kids because the house with its flaws had way too much work to be done and with it being on the high end of my budget, it really wasn’t practical.  I told my kids that God had greater waiting for us and when we come upon it, it will be perfect. Well God did just that, the home we wanted, needed, and love is where we ended up. We were glad we didn’t get the other house and we are rejoicing now in our new home because of the rejection we received.

Meet the Contributor

Deborah Woolard is a single mother of three from Raleigh, NC and she currently resides in Charlotte, NC.  She is an ordained & licensed minister and she serves as the Youth Director at R5 Church.  Her love for writing, especially poetry is one of the many ways God allows her to use her gifts for His glory. Her poetry can be viewed at

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