“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24
In this age of Social Media, the more likes and views you get, the more important you appear. Facebook friends, Twitter and Instagram followers, etc. means the higher your value. I look at my Facebook friends and the number seems high. Yet, I could probably count on one hand the number of friends I really have in my life.
A friend of mine went on Facebook and vented about her bad day. She was completely left out of a work function. Everyone was included except her. She is one of the most giving people and always goes above and beyond for a party or project. As she knows, one isn’t invited to everything, but this was a blatant attempt to make her feel bad by a troublemaker in her office. One could feel her sadness and rejection. I am sure her self-worth took a hit that day. It would have for me too.
There is an “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy was feeling forgotten by her husband and friends. It was her birthday and no one seemed to remember. It turns out they were planning a surprise birthday party. She was so distraught that she went walking for hours. Lucy ended up in a park and a group of people, called “Friends of the Friendless” came marching through, literally marching band and all. They asked her why she was sad and decided to make her their friend because their goal was to make sure no one felt lonely. She marches down to her husband’s night club, where the party was planned, to show him her new group of friends. And as “I Love Lucy” episodes happily end, she sees the surprise party and forgives all.
I wish there was a group like “Friends of the Friendless” to appear for us when we get hurt or rejected. Sometimes, we feel like the only ones in the world that aren’t included. However, we really do have a friend in Jesus. Honestly, though it sounds ridiculous since we can’t see Him. But we need to invite His presence to be with us at times of loneliness. In turn, He will provide a person in our lives to comfort us. They usually say just what we need to hear.
That friend, who was jilted by her co-worker, had a flooding of comments to that post. Some people told her how much they love her, others warmly threatened this jerk. The enemy wants us to feel isolated and rejected. We end up feeling so lonely, we retreat in our misery and find it hard to come out of it. Thankfully despite her vulnerability, she reached out and let people know she was hurt.
Lesson Learned: When we are hurt by people, may we seek comfort in the loving arms of the Lord.
“Dear Heavenly Father, in times of rejection, help me to find your love and peace. May the arrows of affliction reflect off of me. Thank you for creating me uniquely. Surround me with people who are my true friends and family and remind me how loved I am always. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”