We all have desired to be the ”favorite” at one time or another, so that we can feel special. An athlete wants to be the fans’ team favorite, a beauty contestant practices to be the judges’ favorite, and a celebrity wants to the favorite on the Red Carpet. Growing up, my oldest sister Debbie, was often called my parents favorite by my other sister and me. She will deny it, but it’s still true. (laughing out loud so she hears)
Have you ever considered the meaning of the word favorite? Webster defines the word favorite as “preferred before all others of the same kind.” Some synonyms for favorite are chosen, favored, treasured, and closest to one’s heart. Just take a moment, close your eyes and listen to our Heavenly Father singing those words over you. Zephaniah 3:17 tells us, “He will sing over you with joyful songs.” He treasures you.
When life is unexpectedly tough, remember that God preferred you before all others of the same kind to walk in faith in that very situation that you are in. He trusts you to declare His glory with the developing testimony. He knows the obstacles are too big for you alone. So, he graces you with His strength to endure.
Regardless of the circumstances that you may be facing today, declare, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” Chronicles 16:4
As I observe my parents’ day to day routines, I believe that they live with God’s favor over them. They don’t appear to be living out the Hallmark Movies’ golden years, because they are each carrying their own cross of this fallen world. Both of them are in their 80s. My once active dad has given up hunting guns and fishing rods for long boring days in bed relying on my mama to take care of all his needs. Mama must feel trapped at times. She plays the part of nurse, cook, maid, tv remote locator, all the mundane things. Once when self-pity had scarfed her heart, she confessed her secret thoughts to my dad, “God must really love you.” My dad emphatically replied, “I know He does. He gave you me.” That proves that they are actually each other’s favorite.
This kind of long-suffering love is only trumped by the love from our Heavenly Father, who sacrificed His only begotten son so that who so ever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16