My family and I have a weird tradition when we’re trying to find the ever-elusive close parking spot on our many shopping adventures. We’ll all be on the lookout for “the fog”. It’s a phrase I coined as an acronym for the favor of God. Every time we get a spot near the entrance, (which is almost every time), we’ll say “thank you Jesus for the fog”!
The kids love it and are blown away by how God answers our prayers over and over again. They’ll even start scoping out “the fog” as soon as we pull in the lot.
I love doing this for two reasons:
- It makes me intentional in all areas of my life to look for the undeserved favor (grace) of God.
- I’m training my children and my own heart to automatically give God the glory he so rightfully deserves for the blessings he provides for us.
It’s so easy to take small and large things for granted every day. Pausing to thank God for anticipating and meeting our needs (and our wants as well), cultivates in us a heart of gratitude.
“The fog” can be a parking spot, a good deal, a surprise check, or any number of things that pop out as a gift from God. Finding a great house, making new friends, and several divine appointments in our new town are all because we are living in the favor of God.
We pray diligently for that favor in every area of our lives. Not just for our own sake, but for our children, and the lost world to see the goodness of God as he actively moves on our behalf.
The most phenomenal “fog” I ever received was when Jesus forgave all my sin. He just wiped my slate completely clean and made me a new creature for his glory. I didn’t deserve it then, or now, but that’s the beauty of grace. He saved me based on his character and sacrifice, not of my own merit. He is so good!
I’ll go to my grave eternally grateful for the salvation of God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. I’m going to keep praising him for all the other “fog” as well.
~Psalm 100:4~ Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.