“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!”
The angel Gabriel was telling Mary that she need not worry, God was about to bless her!
This verse really stuck out to me because I also feel as if I found favor with God. I will always remember when I was around 10 years old, I loved the boys band: New Kids on the Block (NKOTB)!! I wasn’t allowed to have posters or t-shirts of any group, but I did have their tapes and I faithfully listened to them daily. One day I was at my mother’s job during the summer break and the local radio station announced that caller 100 would have two tickets to go see NKOTB in concert!! I picked up the phone and called, busy! I hung up and called again… busy!! About the third or fourth time I called, the phone rang!! Woo hoo!! After what seemed like forever, the person on the other end picked up, said “Caller 99” and hung up. It took me a second or two to realize what happened – I was one call away from being the winner. Caller 100 screamed into the radio station speakers as I glumly hung up the phone and leaned back in my chair. My whole life felt like that moment – I was always SO CLOSE, but never the winner or never the one. I always knew the popular girls, but was never one myself; I always caught the cute guys eye, but never got asked out; just a never ending SO CLOSE, but not the one. Until God called on my life. When I got saved four years ago, I felt like I was a winner! Like I FINALLY was that lucky person that won it all! God’s grace and His love and His blessings on my life have just been so much more than I could ever imagine having… I mean, knowing that I am the DAUGHTER of THE MOST HIGH KING? It’s like I was a pauper all my life and one day a King knocked on my door and claimed me as His long, lost daughter! So those words “for you have found favor with God!” really resonates within my soul. I have found favor with God.
Father God, thank you for loving me even when I didn’t deserve it. For finding me in the midst of my sin and claiming me with your blood. Thank you! For just that one act, that one saving grace, I could praise Your name forever. Thank you for making me your favored daughter, like Mary before me. In Jesus name, Amen.
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