Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the Lord called me;
from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. Isaiah 49:1
I remember when I was a young man interviewing my heart out for a position, then waiting weeks to hear from the company. Eventually they let me know I was “not right for the job”. It was demoralizing to say the least. I have had many and better jobs since then, but I still remember the phone call when they told me I wasn’t chosen.
I had a good friend in high school who asked four different people to the prom but no one said yes. He was heartbroken and more than a little embarrassed. He didn’t go to the prom at all. An older fellow he knew was kind enough to go out to dinner with him that night just so he wouldn’t have to stay at home by himself. He was pretty crushed.
Most of us have experienced the disappointment of not being chosen. It comes in all different forms and from lots of situations but the feeling is similar. Do you remember what it feels like?
We react to not being chosen in a lot of different ways. Sometimes it makes us angry and we wonder what was wrong with the employer, boss, friend, or whoever it was who didn’t choose us. Sometimes it makes us sad and makes us wonder what is wrong with us. It can last a few minutes or a lifetime. Sometimes, in the best of times, it can be redeemed by being chosen – deeply, personally, completely chosen.
This is the good news my friends. The Lord chose you. You were not an accident of biology or a just another chapter in an endless evolutionary story. The Lord above chose for you to be on this earth, just as much as He chose Adam and Eve. No matter who in the world has passed over or rejected you. The Lord God almighty chose you. And that is enough.