Cast Aside

Author: Linda Ray Center — Host: Emily TenterPosted on: February 5, 2020

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Cast Aside

When I was thirteen, my parents divorced. My mom had to work two jobs to provide for us, so our time together was special, but limited. Eventually, we had to move so Mom could find a better Job Whenever I tried to give my opinions about moving, she cast them aside. And, over the years, we kept moving. At each new school I attended, I struggled throughout the day. I felt cast aside by the other kids who passed me on their way to class. My heart hungered for friendship. Each time we moved, Mom and I would search for a new church. I always felt special and loved in God’s house. My junior year, the musical theater department at my newest school scheduled auditions. I tried out, and the music instructor gave me one of the solo parts. A few classmates made comments that they didn’t understand how I, the new kid, got a solo part. Then, on opening night, I found the sleeves of my costume ripped off and my shoes missing. A few students smirked, while I ran to the bathroom to sort out my feelings. I remembered that Jesus felt abandoned at times—not only by His friends but by His Father too. Jesus cried out on the cross, “Why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46) As I struggled in my pain, I talked with God about it. I saw that Jesus knew how I felt. God’s incredible promise to work all things for the good of those who love Him helped me to sing my solo that night. I know that no matter what I face, Jesus will never cast me aside. • Linda Ray Center • When have you felt cast aside? • Why is it important to go to God when we need help and comfort (1 Peter 5:7)? • Who is a trusted person—such as a pastor, counselor, or friend—you can talk with if you are facing a hard time? • In Christ, we are never alone, no matter what we face (Deuteronomy 31:6; Matthew 28:20). He promises to one day wipe away every tear from the eyes of His people (Revelation 21:1-5). How can these promises help you during difficult times? And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)


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Romans 8:28-29