Pointing out God’s divine favor in the small things: “I don’t mean to be too spiritual..”
Very recently i've caught myself saying this statement before pointing out something that God has revealed to me through certain encounters. It never feels right because i always wonder, “why did i just second guess my faith?” And today I realized that I needed to address it. Through the course of my current season, life has definitely given me more than enough bumps in the roads to last a lifetime but despite those bumps in the road, God has come through time and time again.
When i started this blog, it was only under the condition of vulnerability and if i’m being honest the last two posts have been subpar. With that being said, the girl speaks.
From experiencing a very painful loss to losing myself in a cycle of drinking and going out with no limits to trying to cope with deeply rooted post traumatic stress disorder to almost losing my life from unexpectedly passing out while driving (DISCLAIMER: i was not intoxicated) to losing my job to several months later getting my car broken into and so much more; it’s safe to ask, who did i offend? Through all of this one thing in my life remained constant and that was God. As horrible as everything was externally, I made it a point to press in to my quiet time with God and take care of my internal. This season hasn't been easy; sleepless nights, endless tears, frustration, anger, and anything else you can think of, I probably felt it. When i made the decision to NOT walk through this by my OWN strength but by HIS strength, it changed everything.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
When I didn't have the strength to pray, I would simply remind myself of these promises that God had in his word for me. As the days turned to weeks and weeks to months, I began to have these divine encounters that I would've missed if my heart wasn't open to listen to God speak. These encounters range from a simple act of kindness from a waitress to strangers being used as vessels to fulfill promises God made to me. I began to notice a pattern; in all these things little or big there was always a revelation to be found but only to the heart that was open and receptive, a mouth that was slow to speak, and ears that were quick to listen. I found myself intentionally choosing joy in situations that I would normally be quick to create room for anger in. My heart was always in a posture of gratitude. “This is my situation right now but God i thank you for bringing me this far and i thank you for your faithfulness in the past trials, for you were the same God then and your are the same now and i trust you.”
I could go on and on but the point is that regardless of everything i faced, God’s favor showed up for me without question and he never allowed me to look like what i was going through. So excuse me if i’m always quick to give thanks to God in everything but i would be a fool not to recognize his divine favor showing up all the time for me and i mean ALL THE TIME. Through these little things, I drew strength to be able to walk through the big trials I faced later on. Once again today God’s favor showed up within the small things from my wallet that was lost in a parking lot somewhere being returned by a stranger, to me saying a prayer asking that the judge show would me grace and favor like my heavenly father would and he delivered. I am beyond grateful. Never again will i say, “i don’t mean to be too spiritual” because i give credit where it is due and there is no one else worthy of my praise.
"The favor of God can be described as “tangible evidence that a person has the approval of the Lord.”" I will dig deeper into this topic of favor later but until then stay blessed.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 thessalonians 5:18