When You Don't Fit In
"Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me. There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will came and get you, so that you can always by with me where I am. If this weren't so, I would tell you plainly. And you know where I am going and how to get there."
"No, we don't," Thomas said. "We haven't any idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
Jesus told him, "I am the Way - yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me. If you had known who I am, then you would have known who my Father is. From now on you know him - and have seen him!" John 14: 1-7 (TLB)
D. Gerow Baker lives in Oklahoma. When D. Gerow stepped into his office building one dreary Thursday, he was met by his boss, who asked him to sit down. A tense five minutes later, D. Gerow learned that it was his last day working for the organization after more than 25 years of service. A restructuring was underway, she dais, and he didn't fit in the plans for the future. Fighting tears, D. Gerow was deeply wounded. In that instant, he questioned hiss life's worth. How would I ever recover?
After the shock and anger of rejection gave way to clarity, a deeper truth emerged. In this world, we will face rejection or be told that we don't fit in. But D. Gerow knows that he always has a place in God's future - on God's plans. God's kingdom will never be restructure, downsized, streamlined or whatever euphemism that says, "You just don't fit in." God will always have a place for D. Gerow. And he will always have a place for me and you.
Through God's grace, we belong. Our place in the kingdom to come is waiting for us, just as Jesus said it would be. D. Gerow can think of nothing more comforting than knowing - without a doubt - that in God's kingdom, both on earth and in heaven, we fit in.
Prayer: Father God, regardless of what life deals us, thank you for your assurance and the comfort of knowing we have a place with you - both here and in the kingdom yet to come, in Jesus' name. Amen.