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A Sign of God's Favor
By Joel Osteen - Aug 18, 2010
Not long ago, I received a letter from a young lady. She had lost her husband at 29 years old. He was killed in a motorcycle accident. They had two beautiful daughters, and of course, her world was turned upside down. It was difficult, but she stood on the promise that God would give her beauty for ashes, joy for mourning.

Several years later, she met another young man and fell in love. They decided to get married in Hawaii. Although she was happy, down deep she felt a little bit guilty. She believed that her first husband would want her to go on with her life, but she was constantly dealing with this doubt. A week before her wedding, she got down on her knees and said, “God, I’m asking You to give me a sign so I’ll know that I have Your blessing and my first husband’s blessing.” She wrote, “Joel, I’m not too good at seeing signs, so I asked for something obvious.” Since it was a beach wedding, she asked God to give her a rainbow. After she thought about her prayer, she felt like maybe that was too far out, too extreme. She finally thought, “Well, maybe I’ll just see a butterfly or a beautiful sunset that will let me know that I’m making the right decision.”

On the day of the wedding just as the ceremony started, out of nowhere, there appeared not just one beautiful rainbow, but two beautiful rainbows lighting up the sky. The wedding coordinator said she had been doing weddings there for over 20 years and had never seen that happen before. As soon as they got through taking their wedding pictures, the rainbows faded and disappeared.

She closed the letter by saying, “Who would have ever thought you could ask God to give you a rainbow, and He would not only give you one, but He would give you two?” She believed in her heart that one was a sign of God’s blessing, and the second was a sign of her first husband’s blessing.

Friend, God wants to show you signs of His favor. He wants to do things to strengthen your faith, to lift your spirit and confirm His Word. Are you bold enough to ask Him today? Are you bold enough to believe? If you will release your faith by asking, then be on the lookout, expecting God’s goodness. He promises He will confirm His Word with signs. It may not always be the way we expect, but we simply need to ask in faith and then trust Him. Trust in His goodness. Trust in His favor, and trust that He is leading and guiding you all the days of your life!
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