A Thousand or More Favors
Thousands or more times I have felt the favor of the Lord working in my life. First, my father abandoned his wife and four young children. A neighbor came over and invited us to church. At four years old, I heard the Sunday school teacher say, “God is your father.” Something in my soul ignited with hope and so the process of becoming a child of God began.
I was blessed with a godly mother and grandmother who loved me so much. My pastor and his wife supported my life for twenty-eight years even though I changed denominations. Neighbors would cook meals for me when I was hungry, sew for me when I needed a costume at school, and friends would fix our car and the plumbing.
I went to college with a package of raisins, a carton of cokes, a bottle of Tide, and a handful of quarters. I endured prejudice in the 1970’s and was often mocked for being a Mexican American. Yet God’s hand was on me when I became the first in my family to finish college in 1975.
I struggled financially to get into seminary in 1980 and my roommate provided the money and said, “Go to seminary.” I felt blessed each semester when the Lord would provide my tuition. I graduated in 1984 with a Master’s degree and did not owe a single cent! Amazing!
And on a cold wintry day in Brooklyn, New York, while serving as a Teen Challenge missionary, the Lord brought into my life a servant of remarkable humility and compassion. We spent about $89 on our wedding, while God provided everything from the cake to the limousine. And I cannot forget the many baby showers and God’s provision at the birth of Andrew, our son, in 1991. On more than one occasion, a box of diapers appeared at my door.
We will celebrate 30 years of marriage in 2018. We have spent most of our lives giving and investing in the lives of others. When we think about retirement and how we don’t have much, thinking about our financial future can get a little scary.
One day a friend said to me, “Ruth, you always say God will work in every situation, but what if He doesn’t.” I paused but oh, for a moment. I replied, “As long as I am in God’s will, something will happen at the time God wishes. God has never disappointed me.”
Divine favor doesn’t mean without problems. It means going down a hard road but getting the strength to get through to your destination; to hit a wall and remain spirited and resilient until the wall comes down; and to get overwhelmed in a situation and learn it is your pathway to patience and compassion. And all the while you feel His presence, His favor, and His love. I now await the favors to come because He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”