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I’m God’s Favorite

It was April of 2002. I remember the day as if it were yesterday. My friend, Rita, and I were sitting down to some good old Tex-Mex food for lunch. Even though things were on the mend just two months after Chris’ confession, the pain was still incredibly fresh and rarely a day went by where my cheeks weren’t stained with tears. Some were sad tears. Some were happy tears. But, they were tears nonetheless. This precious friend of mine had only been in my life for less than a year. Truth be told, I can’t explain why she and I bonded so very quickly…I am young enough to be her daughter. But, we did and I have such a deep love for this woman to this day. As we were munching on some chips and salsa, she asked about my life. She probed into the deepest parts of my heart. She listened intently…as if I was the most important person in the world to her. And during that lunch hour, I think I was. With each experience I shared, she would shake her head in awe at how God has already worked miracles in my marriage. And when my eyes would well up with tears, so would hers. During this chaotic season in our marriage, hundreds of people from our church, not to mention our family, rallied around us for support. As the weeks progressed, things started getting easier. I didn’t cry as much. I didn’t wish death as much. I actually started to enjoy life again. Why? I’m convinced that God allowed others to take on our burden for a season. Paul writes in Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” And did they ever. As we were finishing our lunch together, I made ever effort to put my feelings into words about what God was doing in my life. I finally said, “I feel like I’m God’s favorite.” Her reply was, “you are. And I am, too.” Wha??? In all my years of knowing Christ, it never dawned on me that I serve and love a God who can do anything and everything…including making all of his kids feel like they are his personal favorite. His ability to go above and beyond our comprehension stuns me. He truly does see you as His favorite. And me, too. So, the next time you are feeling unlovely or unworthy or unimportant, remember that the Creator of the universe knows your name, knows where every freckle is on your body and knows where the gray ends and the highlights start. You, my friend, are His favorite.

18 thoughts on “I’m God’s Favorite”

  1. Sweet story. I’ve often felt that way, like I was God’s favorite. Then someone will answer me the same way, “we all are” and something inside me secretly says “I know. But I really am!” Isn’t it wonderful of God to make us ALL feel like that?! THAT’s what makes a great Abba.

  2. Brought tears to my eyes. God has done some amazing things and will continue. If it’s the same Rita that I’m think you are talking about, let me tell you, she had been there for many of us. I was at lunch with her just this past week. I can’t even count the number of times that she has been by our side. She is a great friend to have!

  3. Kim’s speaking the entire truth here. We have, FOR YEARS, said that we are God’s favorite. We have laughed about how often we really do feel that way. It’s so sweet that he can make all of us feel like we’re the only child. Mmmm, he’s sweet.

  4. I love that story! It is so good to hear it again, but do you know how many people I have encouraged with that story?! Ever since you told me about that it made such an impact that whenever I am talking with someone who is just in the dumps about their current circumstances, I share that story with them and tell them that they are God’s Favorite! I love watching their faces first question and then glow. Love it, LOVE IT!

  5. What a beautiful reminder and what a wonderful gift … God actually sat with you and listened to you in another woman’s body.

  6. love love love it!!! sorry i haven’t been in touch. had a sick fam all weekend and reia is still going! i’ll call if i’m home again tomorrow.

  7. i’ve never really thought of it that way, thank you for such an insightful post. i won’t be able to get that out of my head now, which is great. by the way, great new site.

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