This past week my attention has been drawn to sweet little reminders of being a loved, child of God and a “bride of Christ.” Each love note has been around a central theme, but has been connected through different people, places, and things. The ability to recognize is all Jesus. He is drawing my gaze to Him. It amazes me to think that just a year ago I would’ve counted these connections as coincidence. He is faithful to those who love Him. My poor ‘yes’ to choose Him is magnified in His eyes and He is increasing my own faith through these, seemingly, ‘little’ love notes.
Leo and I have been painting pictures to raise support for our trip to Germany. When creating the painting, we ask what color(s) they’d like and if they’d like a word, scripture, or quote on it. We, also, offer to pray and see if the Lord gives us a word or scripture for the person. When we don’t have a specific picture to paint, ‘Leo will choose a color to paint during ‘Art Time.’ This particular week he only wanted to paint in ‘blue.’ We had four paintings in blue that I had no idea who they were going to, but I trusted that they would hang on a wall. The following week a couple of friends asked for paintings with scriptures on them. The scriptures are as follows:
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.Isaiah 40:31
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11
Both of these scriptures have been close to my heart the last two years- offering comfort, patience, and endurance as this long season has passed slowly. I thought blue would suit nicely (we definitely had plenty to spare). The friend agreed and asked to incorporate creams and browns. Let me mention, each time we paint I pray that the Lord makes the words come to life for Leo, me, and for the person that is receiving the painting. With her painting, I began to add cream, and noticed that hidden in the blues there were eagles ALL over this picture. I felt drawn to begin outlining and coloring them in with brown pencil. Even now as I look at the picture, I continue to see more eagles.
It was a sweet moment with Jesus. I didn’t have to create the eagles; they were already there in the painting! There are so many times I feel I need to do, create, be something when He is saying, “Darling, I’ve already done it for you! Trust me!” He is doing this for you, too. I’ve been asking for Him to open my eyes more and more to see how He sees.
By no means, do I feel like I’ve got it all figured out. In fact, just in the last month I have been seriously questioning myself and who I am. There are looming questions: “Will I come back and be a music teacher?” “Will I do something else?” “What will I do?” “Do I even want to do anything with music?” I felt a rising ache in my heart of fear and anxiety.
God opened my eyes to His reality that the enemy was building on my fears and anxiety. But, as I turned back to Jesus and told him of the rising aches and pains he reminded me that he came to give life and give it abundantly. He, patiently, reminded me “I’ve got you, sweet girl.” “Your dreams ARE my dreams.” “Follow me and I will lead you through this.” Again, He told me that circumstances do not define my identity. Truth is: it doesn’t matter if I am painting pictures, teaching music, or at home with a wild, man-child—I have the greatest of all gifts “the love of Christ.” I had a choice to continue toiling in circumstances or trust that He is working, moving, and leaving sweet love notes reminding me of himself.
The love note didn’t end there. Last Friday night, we (Ronnie, Quinton, and I) led worship at Anna’s Gate (a ministry in Knoxville that does prophetic worship every first Friday evening). It’s a night where believers gather to be still and listen to anything the Lord brings to mind, while we play for them. It is always serene and life-giving. Themes for the night were the color yellow, hope, renewal, and courage. These were the scriptures that were brought up (by other people) Jeremiah 29:11-14 and Isaiah 40:31.
A few nights later, Leo and I were painting again and can you guess what color he asked for? Yellow! I can’t wait to see what love note He leaves me tomorrow.
So, what about you? What are the ‘Love Notes’ Jesus leaves you? Do you notice Him in the little, everyday things? I’d love to hear your stories!
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