Luck vs. destiny.
Here in Nashville, a phrase that pretty much instantly started annoying me the first time I heard it was “networking”. “It’s all about networking”, say the people who claim to know how struggling musicians become stars. And they’re right. It’s all about who you know. Of course talent and experience have something to do with it too.
But it’s one thing to know the right people, and another to find favor with them. To stand out and to be special in their eyes. By doing a quick Google search of the phrase “found favor Bible”, it becomes pretty apparent that finding favor with the right person, or with God, dramatically altered a person’s life throughout Jewish and Christian history:
Joseph found favor with Potiphar. Esther found favor with King Ahasuerus. Daniel found favor with the Babylonian king. Noah, David, and Mary found favor with God. In all of these people’s lives, their careers as well as their social and spiritual roles would never the same (in a good way) after finding favor.
Therefore, a staple request in my daily prayers is to find favor with the right people. (As well as for wisdom!) While I do believe it’s important to pray specifically for my future life plans, I also am adamant on trusting God in all the unseen blessings, detours, and surprises that come packaged with them. Because those unseen elements in life often carry the most weight, more so than the ones we plan or have any control over.
Finding favor with people doesn’t necessarily mean being charming, suave, or slick. I think back to a much underrated movie I admit I really like, despite the fact it’s technically a “chick flick” and it seems no one else has ever seen it: Little Black Book, starring Brittany Murphy and Holly Hunter. A certain quote from this movie really sticks out in my mind and conveniently ties in to the current subject matter: “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
What others may see as luck, I choose to see as divinely ordained favor, where God appoints a person in our lives to grant a good opportunity. That’s my version of luck. But of course, in all the Biblical cases where someone found favor with God or the right people, the favored person had already done their part to be qualified. Noah was already a righteous man. Mary was already a righteous woman. Then God used them for great things.
They may not have had the proper experience yet, but they had the right relationship with God and had paid their dues in the mundane stuff of life. Then, it happened. The Big Event began and they finally became active in the role they had prepared for their entire whole lives to fulfill.