Comfort for Misfits

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 Posted by Lisa Arnold

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My most favorite children's movie during Christmas time is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. As a matter of fact, when I was a child I absolutely believed I could see Rudolph’s shiny nose flying through the sky as I lay to fall asleep. Who cares that we lived in an apartment and the red lights were planes landing at Reagan National Airport. I BELIEVED in the HERO!

Oooo! Oooo! When Build-A-Bear premiered their Rudolph, I was first in line to get one! Yes. Did I mention my FAVORITE?

Tonight as I “reluctantly” watched the movie again to gain inspiration for this week’s devotional, one scene jumped out at me immediately.

Rudolph had run away and began questioning “why am I such a misfit?” when he bumped into Hermey the wanna-be dentist elf.  Hermey asks Rudolph if he wants to be independent together. Rudolph inquires, “You wouldn’t mind my, … red nose?” “As long as you don’t mind me being a dentist”, Hermey replies.

Did you catch that?! Perhaps I had known as a child how important it is to have a friend with you when you are feeling like a failure, how priceless comfort is when you are hurting. I may not have recognized it 30 plus years ago, but I certainly do today.

Scripture says God comforts us so we too can be a comfort to others. I especially like the Message version:
“He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.”  2Cor1:4
Often times we can feel like misfits because of the consequence of sin and there is no way God could ever use us. Why would He want to? Who would ever love and accept us? But that is a lie.

Papa God is the ONLY one who can bring beauty out of ashes. He is the ONLY one who sees our worth before we are able. He will send those to encourage us and help us find our purpose.

My daughter cuddles Rudolph tonight as he comforts her sleep. What a perfectly peaceful reminder of passing on what God has gifted.





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