I love Sundays. Sunday is the day of the week that I get the opportunity to connect with others, hear some good praise and worship music, and hear a good sermon. Even though I can’t hug my neighbor, I can wave to my neighbor when it is that time during the worship experience. I just love corporate worship!
Last Sunday after church, my friend and I decided to go out to eat. We decided to go to this restaurant in Atlanta called Barney’s. I had heard that the food was really good and that the atmosphere was amazing as well. I had also heard that it is always crowded and that in order to dine there, you would have to get there early.
The worship experience ended around 9:20 a.m. and the restaurant was only 10 minutes away from my church, Impact Church. I figured that 9:30 a.m.in the morning was early enough and that we wouldn’t have to wait; after all, it had just been open since 7:00 a.m.
As we pulled into the parking ramp to valet, I noticed that a line had started to form around the building. I felt a little sad that we would have to wait in line in the rain but we did. We waited patiently with our umbrellas over our heads as the rain came down. We finally got up to the door and the lady asked us how many we had in our party. I responded and told her that there were two in our party. She asked for a name and a number and told us that there would be a 30 minute wait; that I would receive a text when our table would be ready. As I stood in the rain, I was wishing that I had eaten some yogurt or a granola bar before going to church. I was getting hungry and could now hear my stomach start to growl.
Within 5 minutes of us standing there, a young man came out of the restaurant and asked us how many were in our party. I told him that we had a party of two. He went on to tell us that if we didn’t mind sitting at the bar, two seats had just become available. My friend and I looked at one another, smiled and said that we would take the bar seats. I couldn’t believe it; here we were getting ready to be seated.
As we walked into the restaurant, got our temperatures checked, and got seated by our hostess, I thought about the favor of God. We did not have to wait thirty minutes like we were initially told. We were able to be seated in about 5 minutes, walking past others who had been standing in line before us.
That was a day that I will always remember; a day of favor. After we finished eating, Bridget ended up paying for my meal and I paid it forward by handing the man at the valet stand a generous tip.
Favor can be defined as kind regard, divine kindness, or simply, God’s kindness. It is also associated with the word grace; God’s unmerited favor. There are many examples of God’s favor that can be found in the Bible but this one shows His favor towards mankind.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Here are some other scriptures in the Bible that show “favor.”
But Noah found favor with God.
The angel said to her, “ Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.”
( Luke 1:30)
Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?
Have you ever experienced the favor of God in your life? He is such a gracious and loving Father.