On October 20, 2008, after many years of calling myself a Christian, I finally accepted Jesus Christ into my heart. Soon after that glorious day, I repented, asked for forgiveness and turned from my past sinful ways. And, in the process I learned to how to pray to God.
Over past three years, I have prayed many prayers. And in return, God has demonstrated that there is no limit to His reply. This past Valentine's Day, God answered yet another prayer.
It was during a church service, a few weeks prior to Valentine's Day, February 14, when our Pastor shared a story with our church congregation. He said, "A congregation in the foothills of the Smokies wanted to build a new sanctuary. But days before opening, the building inspector noted that they could not open until the parking lot was doubled. The only way to have more parking was to move the mountain out of the back yard. The church prayed asking God to remove the mountain and to provide enough money to have it paved and painted before the scheduled opening next week. The next morning the pastor was visited by a construction foreman. He said, 'We’re building a new shopping mall in the next county and we need fill dirt. Would you be willing to sell us a chunk of that mountain behind the church? If we can have it right away, we’ll pay you for the dirt we remove and pave all the exposed area free of charge.' The church opened and was dedicated as planned. God does move mountains!" http://www.aminuteofencouragement.com/god-moves-mountains/
As I listened to the Pastor's motivational story, I felt inspired to pray a private hope-filled prayer to God. I prayed, "God, will You please write, "John 3:16" in the clouds above this town for Valentine's Day?" After the church service had ended, I approached my Pastor and shared with him the prayer I had prayed. "Just think people will be looking up to God on Valentine's Day." I said with a pure heart. Later, I returned home and on my prayer board I drew “John 3:16” in cloud like formation. Then, for the next two weeks, I prayed with all my heart that God would answer my prayer. On the morning of February 14, I scrambled to find my camera. I was excited to capture on film God’s glorious response to my prayer. Perhaps, I could snap a picture along the way to dropping my youngest off at school. With my camera in hand, I drove under the speed limit. I tried hard to pay attention to the road. Yet, I was so eager. I couldn’t help but glanced up to the heavens to see if God had in fact responded to my prayer.
Right away, one particular email grabbed my attention. A friend who knew about my Valentine’s Day prayer to God wrote, "I saw this while driving back into town this morning." She attached the following photo.
A few minutes later, I picked up a copy of a paperback booklet called Our Daily Bread. I opened the booklet and began to read a story called, Magic Eye. "But even though he couldn't see the hidden image, he believed it was there because others had seen it." My shoulders slumped and tears filled my eyes. I began to pray, "Okay, God." I said. "I don't need to see the miracle. I know You are real.”
The next day, I received a call from a friend whose father had recently and suddenly experienced a massive stroke. He was still fighting to recover. "Will you be home in an hour?” She asked. I want to drop by on the way to the hospital." She said. I asked my friend if it would be too weird if I prayed with her over the phone." She softly replied, "You can pray." So, I prayed. "Please Lord, comfort my friend in her time of need. Show her a sign that You are with her and her family right now."
Then, approximately fifteen minutes after she left, my telephone rang. "Hello?" I said. "Donna, I just had to call. You are not going to believe this! As we drove out of town and into the next, we looked up towards the sky. There it was! " 3, dot dot 1 6. Your 3:16!" Tears overflowing! "But even though he couldn't see the hidden image, he believed it was there because others had seen it."