Last year Josh insisted on celebrating our wedding anniversary at a theme park (this is what happens after a few years of marriage, kids. Scrap the romance, go for thrills).
So off we went, stocked up with water and sunscreen and, I admit, some Gravol, which we did need to use. And although some might argue we’re getting a little old to be riding anything with the word “Behemoth” in it, we actually had a pretty great day together.
You know why it was fun, though?
Because we felt safe.
When you get on a roller coaster, the only way to enjoy the ride is to assume you are, in fact, going to be ok. If I got on a roller coaster and wasn’t really sure I was going to get off of it in one piece, I would be terrified. Every twist and turn, every up and down, would throw me into a wild panic.
I feel like there are these whole seasons of time in life and in relationships - especially whenever big, important decisions need to be made - when you feel like you’re flying through the air, wondering where this thing is going to land and what life is going to look like on the other side. It can be terrifying.
Psalm 5 says this :
Let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, o Lord;
you cover him with favor
as with a shield.” (v 11-12)
God’s favour and blessing is protective. It shields. It keeps us safe.
Favour doesn’t mean we’re immune to difficulty. But it means that the promises of God remain intact in the midst of difficulty.
Favour means that no person, no argument or attack or manipulation or scheme, can interrupt or threaten the plan and purpose of God for our lives. Favour means that I am powerful. I am powerful, because God is for me. Not for any other reason. Just that. Just favour.
Knowing we’re favoured means that when opposition and attack comes, or when poison creeps in to relationships, or when critical decisions hang in the air, we can remember what he said and it will be enough to get us through.
I’ve had moments in life where I knew beyond a doubt that God had spoken to me. Those moments have been anchors for me when circumstances get tough and whenever I’ve faced conflict or disagreement. Knowing I am highly favoured by the King of Kings and that his favour is protecting his promise keeps the horizon in sight, even in the middle of the hurricane.
Life might feel like a roller coaster, but no matter what happens, the promise won't die. He'll come through on what he said. Favour has you buckled in safe and sound.