Sep 23, 2014

Deuteronomy 6:5 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (NKJV)

Deuteronomy 6:5 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (NKJV)


What happens when you love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength? He reminds you daily that He first loved you and in ways you could never even imagine!


During a church service, a few weeks prior to Valentine's Day of February 14, our Pastor shared a story with the 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 the church would not be able to add the addition until the church parking lot had doubled in size. With limited land space all around, the only way to provide additional parking would be to move the nearby mountain. The members of the church prayed. 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 the dirt right away, not only will we pay you for the dirt, but we will remove and pave all the exposed area free of charge.’ ” Wow!

Throughout the last few songs of the service, my heart filled with curiosity, imagination, and the innocence of a child. “What if God wrote the most glorious, love-filled message in the sky on Valentine’s Day for all to see?” Then, with a carefree heart, I unreservedly prayed, “God, will You please write, John 3:16, in the clouds above this town for Valentine's Day?”

Afterward, I approached my Pastor and shared my genuine and sincere prayer. "Just think people who know about my prayer might also look up to God on Valentine's Day."  Later, at home I drew “John 3:16” in a puffy cloud-like formation on my prayer board. During the next three weeks, I prayed believing that my God is a God Who can move mountains if He wants to.

            On the morning of February 14, I scrambled to find my camera to capture on film God’s glory in the sky. With camera in hand, I drove my son to school. I tried hard to pay attention to the road, yet I was eager, and kept glancing up to the heavens. One cloud had moved into the shape of the number 3. It even had a fluffy semicolon beside it. Two other clouds carved a perfect "JO." But, where was the complete “John 3:16?” I drove around town then went back home to read my email.          

            My eyes were drawn to a friend’s entry. “I saw this while driving back into town this morning.” She attached the following photo.

My Heart My God
 Just above our hometown was a fluffy cloud in the shape of a heart. I smiled. Still, the heart shape wasn’t the answer I was expecting. So later on, I continued to search the immense panorama of the sky until dark. No “John 3:16!”

That evening, after I tucked my youngest son into bed, once again I glanced at my prayer board. With a pure heart, I humbly and tearfully asked God, “Was it too childlike to pray for a special miracle just for me LORD? I know You are here, around me and within me. I am sorry.”

            The next day, a friend whose father was recovering from a massive and sudden stroke called me. She wanted to drop by my home on her way to seeing her father in the hospital. Before she arrived, I prayed a special prayer for her. I prayed, “Please Lord, comfort my friend in her time of great need. Show her Your intimate love and confirm that You are indeed with her and her family right now. In Your mighty name. Amen.”

            My friend shared her greatest fear with me while standing at my front door. While walking her to her car, I shared my prayer for Valentine's Day with her. I said, “I didn’t get to see the entire ‘John 3:16’ written in the sky,” however, for some unknown reason, I still find myself looking up." As she got into her car, she smiled and said, “I like that, now I am going to be looking up too!”

            I had just walked back into our apartment for a moment before the phone rang. “Donna, I just had to call. You are not going to believe this! As we drove out of town, we looked up towards the sky. There it was! ‘3 dot dot 1 6. Your 3:16!’” Over flowing warm and comforting tears! I had given my whole heart to God and in return, God had shown me His tender affection for me.

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