Artist Taylor Ann Dixon

What happens when you offer unconditional love, and it’s soundly rejected? You put aside the rudeness, the language, the disrespect, and offer yourself up only to be tossed aside and dismissed. It feels horrible.

Not because of the personal offense, but because you know that the love and peace you so desperately want to impart is powerful to heal and easy to receive; because darkness has overtaken the light, for now, and the pain of watching the healing and comfort of the Spirit refused is heart wrenching.

Whether it’s family, friend, or a stranger you are led to care for, it hurts.   And after so many blows, your own self-image starts to crack.   That’s when you remember the only way to change the situation is intercessory prayer, and you kneel and claim that promise.

For me, I can go back to my own testimony, to days of running from God so fast that I actually ran right into Him when I least expected it – at a rock concert in Miami, Florida. As the one whose pleas I rejected continued to pray for me at a distance of 200 miles away, the Holy Spirit moved in close in the most unlikely of places where distractions abounded with hordes of people, blaring music, and every type of diversion imaginable.   That night as the crowds pressed in tight around me, I felt the Spirit of God touch my heart in a tangible way I shall never, ever forget, even decades later. I immediately sat down, dissociating myself from the roaring, standing crowd and bowed my head, praying “I don’t know how to do this, but here – I give my life to You.”

I’m not sure that prayer warrior knows today where I am, how blessed my life has been, or how many countless people the Lord has permitted me to share His love with over the last 40 years, but I hope he is still telling and still praying. As for me, I hold that night close in my bag of resolution to keep sharing, loving, and hoping, regardless of the response.   I just believe there are lots of Diane’s, girls like me, who put on a grand front of rejection but desperately want the freedom that comes only through the breath of the Holy Spirit.

Let your heart speak out.  It might get stepped on, might be bruised, but oh, the possibility!  Someone even today is waiting for you to just try.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28