2014-08-10 - Dismissed
In a world that seems to revolve highly around being fair and equal, however disappointing in the application of such an idea, one of the first things that might come to mind with the word "dismissed" is a court case. It really has nothing much to do with this writing today, but the thought of: "Law: to put out of court, as a complaint or appeal" (as described in dictionary.com) could be taken into consideration with the following topic, as well. You see, I have been contemplating what is disturbing within personal relationships that don't seem to move beyond the superficial. I am not talking about acquaintances we have, or people that pass through our lives (or vice versa) after a short season. I am referring to those relationships that are with us for at least half of our time here on Earth. I fully realize that not all relationships have the same purpose. We are all designed with a specific plan for us being here. But what I do not understand is how anyone can be expected to just have their entire point of view dismissed, as if it is no consequence. Agreeing to disagree about things that are clearly up for interpretation (dollar issues) is one thing, yet ignoring entire matters that are clearly of principle (these being hundred- dollar) ones just makes no sense to me.
I suppose that executives dismiss people all the time, in light of the fact they get the final say in matters. And so it goes, that people sometimes believe this is how problems get handled. "Dismissal or: to put off or away, especially from consideration; put aside; reject" (dictionary.com). So in the case of rumors, the business world, on 42-minute television shows, in action movies - maybe even in politics - it might work. But in the case of personal relationships with people, if we want them to be considered important to us, then it isn't likely to be too healthy.
Imagine if our Father in heaven dismissed us? In a time of difficulty, imagine if we poured our hearts out to try and make sense of our feelings about something, only for him to say something like "um, well ..na". Of course, with him, the difference is he knows what is best for us and has a proven track record of being there - no matter what the scenario - when we call on him. Be that as it may, he wants us to pour our hearts out, not so he can reject us, with no thought of our feelings. He created us to have feelings, and knows us intimately, so the manner in which we respond is no surprise to him. David poured his heart out to the Lord throughout the book of Psalms. If God only wanted us to see the part about how most every time the psalms are concluded - filled with how He is the source of power, strength and love - then I guess David's struggles and feelings wouldn't be part of the printed word. Yet they are there. So it seems to me that God makes another point, about how important it is that we know we should be able to share anything with him and know we will not be dismissed.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matt 11:28)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.