Unexpected Favor From Heaven


I lost track of my little boy in a box store once, well, maybe twice, but security only had to lock down the store that one time … anyway, when I found my son, he sobbed into my shoulder,  “I couldn’t find you, Mama.”


Do you ever feel lost like that?


Like God seems distant or has perhaps lost track of you? I suppose we all do. Maybe that’s why he invented favorballs.


What’s a favorball? 

Favorball is a word I made up to indicate unexpected blessing, favor, windfall, or good fortune of any kind. Since every good and perfect gift is from above, (James 1:17) I credit favorballs to God. 

A favorball can be financial, of course, like getting a check in the mail or a rebate from the electric company, but it can also look like scoring those shoes you’ve been ogling or you get a note in the mail thanking you for making a difference in someone’s life. And if it comes on a day when you’re questioning your work and your worth, it’s a favorball indeed. 

A favorball can look like a better offer – like when your cranky co-worker gets a new job and leaves. Or, when the wind carries the leaves off your yard and into the street, saving you hours of raking. Having all the ingredients on hand to make brownies at 10:00pm when you’re craving chocolate is definitely a favorball. And, I’d for sure count rain stopping as I get out of the car with my hands full of grocery bags a favorball.


Time warp favorball

Recently, Dave and I were on our way to a speaking engagement and got a time-warp favorball.

The event planner had asked me to come a day early and have dinner with the planning team the night before the event. It was some distance away and wouldn’t you know it, the traffic was heavy due to construction and I hadn’t planned on those obstacles. We chewed up our margin, but the GPS said we’d make it with one minute to spare if we kept the current pace.

I have to admit, I sat in the passenger seat willing Dave to break the law and speed so we wouldn’t be late. But, my man is not inclined to do that. 

Then I saw the detour sign. A detour! Oh for heaven’s sake.

As we followed the meandering yellow signs, the GPS arrival time ticked up lost minutes. We would undoubtedly be late. What a terrible impression to start our ministry time together. I could feel awkward embarrassment chip away at my usual cheerfulness.


Favorballs for the rescue. 

Dave said, “It’ll be okay, Honey, there’s the highway.” I knew it was too little too late. I sat sullenly looking out the window lamenting my failure to be on time. (Any recovering perfectionists out there? Can you relate? A post for another time.)

We merged into the traffic and Dave blurted out exuberantly, “Look at the GPS!”  I could not believe my eyes. My ETA (estimated time of arrival) was 8 full minutes ahead of my original arrival time.

Oh, God, you are so good to me! Thanks for the favorball!


God knows where you are and what you need.

You can’t make a favorball happen. They are serendipitous heavenly gifts from a God who loves you. Whose hands are full of good gifts to shower on you. Some are big and significant – a healing, a rescue, a baby, a job … but some favorballs are whimsical gifts floating from Heaven into your life to help us remember God is on the throne. That he’s paying attention and he knows exactly where we are and what we need.

I hope you’ll be on alert for favorballs in your life. If you have one to share, I’m all ears. Leave me a comment below. I read every one. 


Verse for today: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10, NIV

Prayer: Jesus, forgive me for doubting you or taking you for granted or grumbling about you. I should know you are on alert for me and always with me. Thanks in advance for all the favorballs you gift me. I love you. Amen.


  1. Ruth Rottier on December 11, 2022 at 10:59 am

    God gave me a favorball Friday night coming to see you. An inch or more of snow was predicted for the Muskegon area. That amount can make roads nasty…..well it never materialized and I was so thankful as I had a 40 minute commute.

    It was so good to see you and hear you again. You don’t change a bit. Still look 39.
    Loved your message regarding stars in our life. Annette was truly a star. She made me feel so welcomed.

  2. Marilyn M Cummings on December 11, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    I volunteer at my church’s thrift store and my job is to sort and price and stock the books that are donated. One day I noticed we were low on good reading material and I just mentioned in my conversation with God that it sure would be nice to get some good books in. Two days later I came in to work and to my surprise waiting for me were two very large totes full of Christian fiction books all like brand new! God was listening and dropped a favorball!

  3. Pam Farrel on December 11, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    Love this “favorball” blog! So good! I usually say, “Kisses from Heaven” or “Blessings from abba” but love your FAVORball concept
    bless YOU friend!
    Pam Farrel

  4. Rena Kindler on December 11, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Good Evening Robyn, Boy do I have a favorball for you. Have you ever had a plane waiting for you for over two hours. I have. I was traveling by myself to see a friend of mine in Florida. I live in Canton, Ohio. I was leaving the Akron/Canton airport around 6:00 pm . Or should I say I was suppose to leave the Akron/Canton airport around 6:00. We didn’t leave till after 8:00. I was suppose to catch my next flight in Atlanta, Georgia. As I was sitting in the Akron/ Canton airport I was praying. Finally we boarded the plane and I Arrived in Georgia. I ran to the first air personnel I saw. Told her my predicament. She then explained to me that my plane was waiting on the tarmac. Can you imagine my surprise. I was more than two hours late. They permitted me to board. While I was boarding I noticed all these eyes on me. When I reached my seat, the man sitting next to me, looked over at me and asked my name and what I did for a living. I explained my name was Rena and I was a housewife. You could read his mind thinking, “And they held this plane for her”. I then asked why the plane was sitting on the tarmac. He said they had not been told the why. But you could see all the people on board thought it was for this one passenger who just boarded. About ten minutes later, the pilot announced that the right tail wing socket and light had been repaired and they were ready for take-off. Never underestimate our Lord and what he can accomplish.

  5. Jeanie Connell on December 11, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Loved the Favor Ball concept! After reading I became aware of several. I’m so grateful for God’s peace & calm on the Road to Christmas.
    Blessings on you & David! Love, JC

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