Sometimes the study of trees (aboriculture) is interesting.
My tree has been plucked as of late, and boy am I sore. Twigs have been hacked and branches sawed off. In short, relationships have been lost.
Have you been ignored?
Have you been unfriended?
Were you left out of something important and your soul was crushed?
If you're getting ignored, it may just be that your tree is getting trimmed.
Either way, it hurts.
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Divert your energy into the remaining branches, and let the old be lopped off.
Let them die.
Refuse to give them any further resources. Nutrition takes away from your purpose and your branches that are still alive. They may droop a little if you divert energy, time, and emotion into things that dead or nearly dying.
Imagine you were pregnant and needing to deliver your baby and that there was nowhere for you to do that. Imagine how left out you would feel when everyone was safe in their beds and you were outside in a stable giving birth. I'm guessing you already know what it's like to be on the outside looking in.
Jesus knew what it was to be disregarded.
Perhaps you've been the one who wasn't invited to the birthday party.
Perhaps your kids weren't invited, and it hurt you just as badly, if not more.
Perhaps you are always the last one to know about what is going on.
Maybe you know that people talk about you behind your back.
The good news is that how things are on heaven is different than how things are on earth.
While Mary was giving birth to the Savior in a dusty stable with just Joseph and the animals, a great stir was taking place out in a pasture. The angel of the Lord announced to some shepherds that the Savior had just been born, and a host of angels began to praise and give glory unto God.
In heaven there was a great outpouring of praise over the lowly couple that couldn't even get a hotel room. In Luke chapter 1, the angel who approached Mary referred to her as 'highly favored', and he said 'blessed art thou among women'.
In the book of Daniel, after Daniel was approached by the angel, the angel said unto him: 'O man greatly beloved' Dan 10:19
1 Samuel 16:7 says: "God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
Matthew 19:30 says, 'But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
It is true that among people you may be left out and rejected. It may be true that you are ignored and counted of little esteem. Your eyes may burn and your heart may hurt, but take courage in the fact that things are different in the heavenly economy than they are down here on earth.
Take courage in the fact that God sees your heart and that He knows who you are. It may just be that you are His beloved and that you are highly favored in His eyes.
Seek His face and pray to Him, focusing on your relationship with Him. It could be that He uses you to carry His comfort to someone else, because you know what it is like to feel alone. Trust in His plan that He will work everything for good and that He will put the pain of people ignoring you to good use. It says so in His word.
After your pruning, you may actually be healthier. Pour your energies into those things which are living or are just about to blossom forth. Let go of the old when a thing has run its course.
Cry if you need to, and remember that Jesus will never leave you or forsake you and that he always works all things for the good of those who love Him.
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