To recap, I was taking my school choir to perform at the Museum of Science and Industry. A little late but finally in route, we had settled back to relax when my assistant turned to me and said that she had left her purse and the lunches back at school. We immediately turned around and headed back. Now we were definitely going to be late.
While waiting on her to retrieve everything, the bus driver and I struck up a conversation that proved to be very confusing. I discovered that our bus driver had one set of instructions and I another. In the middle of our trying to figure out which one was correct, a second chartered bus driver came to our bus and said that he thought I was on the wrong bus. He was scheduled to take me to the Museum of Science and Industry. The other driver was scheduled to go to the Field Museum. What!
Shocked, everyone quickly grabbed their things and we boarded the correct bus. Once we were settled, my assistant and I turned and looked at each other. She said, “God protects children and fools.” I responded, “No, I had people praying for me. That’s what you call, FAVOR!!”
I’ll bet you’re wondering how in the world could this have happened. You see, there were two chartered buses parked in front of the school before we left. Apparently, someone else was also going on a field trip and we had booked the same bus company for both. My assistant asked our driver if she was going to the museum and she assured her that she was. Neither thought to ask the other, “Which museum?” so they assumed they were going to the same place. By the time that I boarded, everyone else was already on the bus. Even when I confirmed the route with the driver as we were traveling, there was no hint that we were actually talking about taking the same street, but to two different destinations.
So how did everything turn out? We made it to the museum and with some adjustments, were still able to sing all nine songs before our allotted time ran out. The kids gave a marvelous concert and everything worked out fine. Just thinking about it makes me want to put my hands on my hips, lean back, and shout at the top of my lungs, “FAVOR!!”
Believe it or not, the other two engagements this year were just as mind-boggling this one, but God worked each out. For example, our last concert was a week later, at 7 PM, in the school’s auditorium with the District bands. During the concert, the electricity went out three times. Still, it never went out in the middle of a song, when we had a soloist in front of the mike, or when we really needed the CD track. In fact, we had to sing our last song a cappella to the soft glow of cell phone screens and the audience clapping along. Even though we couldn’t play the accompaniment track, the audience didn’t rush, but kept the tempo steady throughout the entire song. It was as though they were meant to be the band for our final song. The choir sang like never before. The audience cheered madly! You know what I had to say, “FAVOR!!”
We needed more than emergency lights to get from the auditorium to my basement classroom after our performance. The lights came back on in time for the choir to change out of their uniforms, get to their parents with no mishaps, and for the last band to perform all of their selections. You know it! “FAVOR!!”
So how do you get this favor?
- Trust Him.
- Obey Him.
- Love Him.
Come back next time and we’ll talk about it.
Until next time. Remember God gives favor for the journey!
Questions to consider: Do you have God’s favor? How has God’s favor in your life impacted the lives of others?
Scriptures that may help you along the journey:
Psalm 90:17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.
James 4:2b You have not because you ask not. [KJV]
Matthew 7:7, 13 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you… If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children:how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him. [KJV]
Philippians 4:6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. [AMP]
John 14:12-13 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father. 13 And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son. [AMP]
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For God expressed His great love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life. 17 Here’s the point. God didn’t send His Son into the world to judge it; instead, He is here to rescue a world headed toward certain destruction. God sent Christ that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. [See John 3:16-17 Amplified & Voice versions]