One of the most difficult challenges a person can experience is rejection and in a recent article in The Epoch Times, Dawn Milberger, 55, shared her story.
Dawn had been adopted into a Christian family, and it wasn’t until she was 18 that she discovered the full story of what had happened, when she finally tracked down her birth mother.
It was then she discovered that her mother, with the aid of a nursing friend, tried to abort Dawn several times in the first seven months of pregnancy, before eventually giving birth.
Her mother’s friend provided abortion-inducing drugs that she stole from the office where she worked.
After telling the story, her birth mom pleaded for Dawn to forgive her.
This was the ultimate form of rejection and for the next several months, Dawn struggled as anger began building in her heart over the rejection.
But with the help of her adoptive parents, Dawn worked through her emotions to forgive her mother.
“He can’t build on us if we have unforgiveness on us. Unforgiveness cannot be in the same realm, in the same room, and in the same throne room with our Creator. What I have learned over the years is that peace, trust, and forgiveness are all interlinked,” Dawn told The Epoch Times.
“It’s not every day that you hear that somebody tried to end your life for seven months when you’re at your most vulnerable,” Dawn added. “But it’s not new to the one true God. It’s not new to our Creator. He knew the whole time. This is about His mercy in His desire to forgive us, and how we walk that out here on this earth.”
Notice, how Dawn said it was not new to God. The Lord had seen it all happening.
But more importantly, Jesus personally experienced the pain of rejection. He experienced the pain of betrayal when one of His chosen disciples gave Jesus up to the priests.
But more than that, Jesus was despised and rejected for much of His life:
“He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:3 ESV)
The word despised carries with it the idea of someone no one valued. They looked down upon Jesus. He would never amount to anything, they said, and because of that rejected him.
The verse also says that men hid their faces, which meant they felt embarrassed to be around Christ. He experienced this form of rejection when his own mother, along with other family members, thought Jesus was crazy and wanted to put him away (Mark 3:21, 31-35).
And Jesus experienced the sorrow and grief that came from being put to death on the cross. During this ultimate expression of rejection, the Lord cried out for God to forgive them (Luke 23:34).
Jesus knows the rejection you have gone through. The Lord knows the pain it has caused and wants to heal this emotional trauma in your life.
The Lord wants to remove it, but for that to happen, you must first let go. You must forgive those who caused it.
THERE IS MUCH MORE TO DAWN’S STORY, READ: Multiple-Abortion Survivor Says God Helped Her Forgive Birth Parents Who Did Everything to Abort Her