YOU can’t sit here!


We have all been the subject of rejection. In elementary school, we are looking for a place to sit down to eat our overly fried chicken nuggets. Scanning the room, we see a few empty seats. We approach the kid from math class with a smile that asks, “can I sit here”? He quickly throws his hand out and says, “sorry, seats taken”. We casually look around and see that everyone has seated and no one is waiting in line. Where is this person coming from? Is this just a way to say, “I don’t want YOU to sit here”? As that reality sinks in, we quietly feel rejection, hurt, pain, then anger and vengeance. This moment expresses our true nature of negative feelings. Some kids may respond quickly and just sit down and fuss with the kid, getting it all out in the open. Many kids will feel and carry the hurt with them for many years, adding to it and collecting their personal bottle of pain that opens when they encounter relationships in the future.

What happens when this hurt child tells a grown-up about the injustice. The grown-up may talk with both kids and discuss the feelings of each and come to a conclusion that “you should treat others the way you want to be treated”. These two kids could become best friends after resolving the issue.

We, adults, try to protect children from the injustice that occurs naturally. But, what about these kids who grow up without resolving their issues, carrying around the bottled hurt from first grade that has grown to the size of a basketball? These adults are now getting their “justice” on other adults. They undermine authority, they demand justice, they push and politic their way to get what they want. In their eyes, this is the justice they deserve and they are finally able to make it happen. They will be known in their community as important and in control. This is the world’s justice. And this world is evil, so it’s fitting. It also means that this person is godless because he is living and operating in the world. Just know that you don’t have to live like this!

God has a new life waiting for everyone. Romans 10:13, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. When we accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we are free from the evil feelings and hurts this world gives us. We are still living in it and are often affected by the it, but not holding onto the hurt and anger that results. God is our refuge and strength. He is our Shepherd and Protector. God says, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them” (Deut. 12:35). Lord help those who mess with HIS children.

You can be protected by the Creator of the Universe and gently guided by the Great Shepherd. You can become a child of God and have a peace which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

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