DayBreaks for 01/02/15 – The Lord of the Rejects
From the DayBreaks archive, January 2005:
I recently wrote that we’re getting a new boxer puppy. This will be the 4th boxer we’ve had. All have been purebred boxers, so in that regard, they’re all similar. But there was something special about the last one we had before this (Rameses). Rameses was a purebred boxer, but he was a pound puppy. My dear friend, Scott, who worked at the animal shelter in Tracy, CA where we lived at the time, brought Rameses to our home one night after our previous boxer had died. Rameses had been found wandering the streets. No one knows where he came from, nor where the little fella thought he was going. So they picked him up and took him to the animal shelter. Now I know that in various locations it works differently, but in Tracy, CA (at least at that time), if you wound up in the pound, your life expectancy was not very long because they didn’t have the funds to keep animals for very long, so unless they were adopted out fairly soon, well, you get the idea.
Casper is another purebred boxer, in fact, he’s the son of a couple of champions. But he’s special, too. He’s a white boxer. And the American Kennel Club has a thing about white boxers. They’re not “desirable”. They can’t be shown in competitions (not that I’d want to do that anyway), and they’re not supposed to be bred for fear that there’ll become more white animals in the blood line and pollute the breed. The AKC, back when they could get away with it, said that any breeder who had a white boxer puppy born in a litter was to “destroy” it. That’s now changed, but the other stigmas of being a white boxer remain. So, Casper, you see, is a reject, too. He’s good for nothing except to be loved as a pet.
As I think about my Lord, it dawns on me that he is the Lord of the rejects. Like Rameses, we are all wandering aimlessly on the streets, headed for a destination that wasn’t good – either starve on the streets or be put to death at the shelter. Like Casper, we are all rejects, too – there are those flaws in us all that make us less than desirable: selfishness, greed, pride, envy, jealousy, hatred, prejudice, laziness, mean spiritedness – the list could go on for a long time. All those are things that would keep us out of any championship ring.
But then along comes the Lord. He doesn’t care if we’ve wandered the streets, just as I didn’t care if Rameses was a pound puppy. And he showed that he wasn’t given to agreeing with the rigid standards that make certain people acceptable and others less than acceptable. He loved those who were “unacceptable” by associating with the tax collectors, drunkards, prostitutes, non-religious types of folks all. I could care less that Casper is forever ruled out of the “show ring”. He has a place in my heart already, as Rameses certainly did. I have a place in Jesus’ heart, and he rescued me from the ugly demise that was to be my certain end and with my warts and all, took me home with Him to be His treasured possession and companion.
And now, He wants me to emulate him in my love for others – even if they’re all white, black, yellow, red or any other color or shape or size. And He wants me to invite them to come home – to His house, where they will meet the One who is the Lord of Rejects – the One who is eager to claim us as His.
Psalm 94:14 (NLT) – “The Lord will not reject his people; he will not abandon his own special possession.”
Copyright by 2005 Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
PRAYER: Thank you, Jesus, for loving rejects like me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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