A few days later, I was at Walmart, and I was just crushed. I sat down and at got something small to eat at the Subway inside the store. I was alone and there were tears rolling down my cheeks. I hurt so bad and was so confused. There was no one around so I quietly cried out to God and said “why Lord, I don’t understand, I am such a failure, I can’t even keep my healing.” I felt I had let everyone down-people who could have benefited from the teaching on Divine Healing that I had received from him, and especially God, himself.
Then it happened-all of a sudden I was aware that there were a group of angels just above me. I couldn’t see them, but I knew they were there. They were having a discussion about me saying things like “look he’s trying so hard.” Then one of them said to me “Scot, you are highly favored.” I immediately thought “a loser like me.” Then it took effect in my spirit- those words begin to work like a medicine to encourage me.
I haven’t had many encounters with angels, but this was amazing. The words that were spoken to me were almost embarrassing to me. Why? Because these were the same words the angel had spoken to the Virgin Mary. I sure wasn’t in her class. Then I heard a teacher teach on this phrase. He went on to say that there are only two times that the Greek word is used in the New Testament. First, when the angel spoke to Mary and told her you are “highly favored, and later in the book of Ephesians 1:6 when it is translated and says God has made us “accepted in the beloved.” The word for accepted means “highly favored.” So every true believer in Christ is accepted in the beloved and also, highly favored. This day an angel came to me to encourage me at a critical point at just told me who I was in Christ “accepted by God and highly favored.”
I wasn’t immediately healed, there would be another two rounds following, in all, and it was another one and one half years before God declared that this part of the trial was over and another six years before it was totally over.
I am so glad that I didn’t give up. I am also grateful that God never gives up on us even when we are at our wit’s end. Thank God he knows just when to show up: like in June, 2011, at Walmart when I was “Touched by an Angel.”