"'As for Mephibosheth,' said the king, 'he shall eat at my table like one of the king's sons.'"
— 2 Samuel 9:11
Maybe you have had some serious setbacks in life. As a child, you were mistreated, neglected, abused, or even forgotten. You, like so many kids today, were just left to yourself. Maybe people haven't given you much hope; you've been written off by your parents and teachers.
The Bible tells the story of a young man named Mephibosheth, who literally was dropped in life (2 Samuel 9). His grandfather was King Saul and his father was Prince Jonathan. After they had been killed in battle, in her haste to hide him, his nurse dropped little Mephibosheth, who was only five, and as a result he lost the use of his legs.
She feared that the king-elect, David, would seek him out and kill him, as was the custom of kings of that time. But later King David, who ascended to the throne, sought Mephibosheth out and welcomed him as a member of his own family to live in the palace.
It reminds us of how Jesus reached out to us and calls us to be a part of His family. I have some good news for you today! God specializes in taking people who have been "dropped in life" and picking them back up again!
I read about how as a young man Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper. When Disney asked why, they responded, "Walt, you're not creative enough. You never have any new ideas. We're sorry, but we're going to have to let you go." Disney got dropped in life.
So, he moved to California, borrowed $500 and started a graphic arts company. Shortly after, he came up with a little character he named Mortimer Mouse, later to become Mickey Mouse, and the rest is history.
You can't control what happens to you in life. But you have everything to say about how you react. Perhaps that setback in life can help you move forward like never before.