Samantha Vazquez
1 year ago

Rejection is Never an Easy Pill to Swallow

Rejection is never an easy pill to swallow. It brings up feelings of disappointment, insecurity, and self-doubt. This was something I learned first hand when I auditioned for the Liberty Worship Collective.

    I first visited Liberty University when I was a junior in High School. I came with a head full of dreams and confidence in my talent and ability. When I auditioned I received an email of rejection that shattered all my dreams in an instant. I started to doubt my calling as a worship leader. Every step I had planned for my life had quickly vanished with just one email.

    Despite not making Liberty Worship Collective my parents decided to let me come to Liberty anyway. Before I knew it my freshman year had flown by and auditions rolled back around. Fear immediately overtook me and I doubted whether it was even worth it to try again. I walked into that audition more nervous than I had ever been and gave it my all. I remember walking out of that room feeling reassured that this was my time.

    However, months later I received yet another rejection email. My heart sunk and I immediately began to question God. “Why would you do this to me? Don’t You know this is my passion? Is this even my calling? Do you even care? Why couldn’t you just let me have this one? What did I do wrong? Do you know how much this means to me? Little did I know God had things in store right around the corner.

    Time passed and I received an email from Kyle Smith, one of the worship leaders for the Worship Collective at the time. I was almost scared to open the email because I had no idea what it would say or what it would mean for me. He told me that they were looking for more worship leaders to sing in Convocation and Campus Community and wanted me to be a part of a Wednesday night worship service. I willingly accepted thinking that this was my once in a lifetime shot to be able to lead worship for the student body.

    After Campus Community ended, I was soaking it all in when David Nasser and Josh Rutledge pulled me to the side and offered me a position on the Collective. I honestly thought I had heard them incorrectly because the offer seemed to come out of nowhere. Only after this did I know that this was a door only God could’ve opened for me. I learned that I had been trying to take on the role of God in my own life and that only He knew the plan He had for me.

      There are two major things that I learned from this season of my life:

  1. Rejection is not easy. But it is necessary in character building.

      We will not always get what we want and that’s okay. Rejection humbles you and shapes you to                   appreciate and value things when you actually receive them. It’s a part of life and is a way that God             prepares His children for something else. Our finite minds often can’t even begin to comprehend the           plans and doors God wants to open for us. I learned that He does not opens doors for people because of       their talent or ability, but because of their willing spirit and out of His mercy and grace.

     “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the         heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your           thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

  1. If God has called you to do something He will open the doors for you in HIS time.

      Not only is God a promise maker but a promise keeper. He will not give you passions and dreams that         you cannot fulfill. Although God can and will open doors for you it is in His timing. We cannot fool           ourselves into thinking that if a door hasn’t opened God has stopped working or that He isn’t able. God       knows us better than anyone else and will give us opportunities when He knows we are ready.

      “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” (Lamentations 3:25)

 

So I want to encourage each and every one of you that has felt the weight of rejection whether it was from a family member, boyfriend/girlfriend, job, team, etc. God is faithful, God is able. He will never reject you, and His timing is perfect.