You Are Loved!
My mom use to comfort us and cater to us when we kids got sick. I have memories of her taking my temperature and asking me if I craved anything specific to eat. She would fix whatever I wanted and it didn’t take me long to capitalize on her offers; I opted for my favorite foods, craving or not. These times were special times and Mom delivered my order on a tray for my lap while I recovered because, after all, it was all about me. I still do that with my family. Sometimes the body reveals what food component it needs by a longing for what is missing in the diet. Or, maybe what you crave is comfort itself! That goes for emotions too. Do you ever need a hug and ask for one? Or, have you thought of someone you miss when, lo and behold, you get a phone call or email from them?
I’ve been praying about a decision I’ve recently made with a course of action I am taking. Mostly, I feel confident as I proceed. Yesterday, however, I needed encouragement. I stopped and asked the Lord what He thinks about my progress. I got the bright idea to petition Him expecting feedback. Guess what? He delivered!
My morning prayer went something like this: “Am I on the right track? If I’m not, will you correct me with a Scripture or by someone’s words, etc? But if “we’re good” on this, can you somehow encourage me? Don’t let me miss your answer! I got in my car, left my home and drove to another town just over the mountain totally forgetting about my Morning Prayer time.
God did not forget. It happened at a stop light later that afternoon. While waiting for the light to change so I could make a left turn, my eye caught the banner with bold letters, “You Are Loved.”
That’s for me! I zoomed in with my camera and focused on that banner, a good 80 feet in the distance, and thought to myself: “I’ve got to capture this just in case someone else needs to be encouraged today.” Come evening, I followed through and put the grainy picture on social media with a caption: “Do we ever get tired of hearing we are loved?” Judging by the comments, it seems we all want to be reminded.
Perhaps someone reading this today could use a good word of encouragement. If so, I’ve done my job! Take it! You are loved. For God so loved the world, He sent His one and only son. John 3:16.