Love Letters from Heaven

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Love letters from heaven can come in unexpected ways . . .

 

Love Letter #1

Standing by myself at the bus stop, my emotions of frustration and despair were reflected in the low hanging angry, gray and black storm clouds overhead. I had been struggling with a problem and knew God would help me, but at the moment, I felt alone and hopeless. As I stared at the ground lost in a mire of emotions, suddenly the ground lit up around me like someone had switched on a floodlight, and I found myself standing in a bright circle of light.  Reflexively, I looked up; there was a small crack in the low clouds, a portal that revealed an intensely blue sky that was sending forth an equally intense sunshine beam pointed directly at me.

God seemed to be speaking to my heart saying, “No matter how hopeless things look and feel, I am with you. Beyond the storm, I am always blue skies and sunshine! Keep trusting me. I love you!”

The moment that thought finished in my heart, the light around me blinked out and the cloud curtain closed, and again I was left standing beneath the dark stormy clouds–only now, I was smiling.

By His design,

Blue sky and sunshine,

Storm clouds and thunder,

God’s love is always full of wonder!

 

Love Letter #2

My wife Barb’s love letter in her own words:    

I sat alone in our 17th floor apartment wrestling with trying to trust the Lord about our financial situation. I knew God had provided for us in the past and believed he would again in the future, but my emotions were lagging behind my faith, so I sat there trying not to despair.

In the midst of my struggle, I heard an unusually loud chirping coming through the opened doors that led out to our balcony; a little bird had landed on the balcony railing just on the other side of our tropical plant. It was a male sunbird with his bright yellow chest and silky black border between his yellow and brilliant iridescent blue throat; with his olive-colored back, he was a beautiful little birdie, about the size of a large hummingbird and very flighty.  Previously, I’ve noticed that sunbirds never seem to stay in one place for more than a few seconds.

But oddly, this little sunbird sat perched on the railing flitting his colorful head back and forth as if looking at me with every turn of its head with purpose. In my misery, I couldn’t help but focus on the little bird who began to sing louder and even more joyfully!

In those few moments, with all of its little heart, he sang an encouraging word directly to my heart . . .

“Look at me! Look at me!! I’m so tiny, and God is taking care of me! He gives me my daily food, and I’m as happy as a lark. Look at me! Look at me! . . . and see that God will take care of you just like He does me!”

And then, as if his job were done and looking satisfied that I had gotten the message, off he flew.  I did get the message and wept tears of gratitude to the Lord for sending such a tiny little messenger when I needed His message the most.

Love Letter #3

Since our apartment on the 17th floor is the last one on our floor, it’s next to the concrete stairwell that is more like a large balcony that is open and looks out over the lush green jungle in one direction and in the other overlooks the end of the island we live on which is boarded on both sides by the ocean. It’s a great vista-view and a great place to just sit and think and marvel at God’s beauty and the wonders of His creation as giant sea eagles with seven-foot wingspans majestically soar in the sea of blue overhead.

Staring off in the direction of the ocean at the end of the jungle, I noticed some fluffy white clouds that slowly seemed to be knitting themselves together into something to the left of a highrise apartment building. Creeping into my consciousness, I suddenly realized the clouds had formed into what clearly looked like a big hand with its thumb, index finger, and little finger forming the sign language sign for, “I love you!”

I thought, “WOW, is God telling me He loves me!?  Or is it just conincidence and my imagination.”  Immediately after that thought is when I noticed the cloud to the right of the apartment highrise.  I had been so fixed on the cloud to the left of the building I hadn’t noticed the cloud to the right; there hanging in the sky, as if to make His point, was a nearly perfect heart-shaped cloud!!  I thought, “Now what are the odds of that!  God IS telling me He loves me!!”

Mesmerized and grateful, I sat there watching the two formations slowly fragment and drift away with the wind. Though I didn’t think about capturing the message in the sky digitally with my phone, I will forever have that day’s love letter from God etched in my mind and heart—a Love letter that I know will never drift away with the wind.

 

Love Letter #4

My youngest daughter Brittany’s love letter in her own words . . .

I was in the parking lot of a library just sitting in my car thinking about life stuff and talking to God. I was feeling super lonely, unloved, and just frustrated about life in general. I wanted the Father to show me that He was hearing me and that He really cared about me.

In time, I get out of my car and start walking toward the front doors of the library….and as I am about to step from the pavement onto the sidewalk leading to the front doors, I see this perfectly shaped gray foam heart plastered to the cement. I couldn’t believe my eyes!! I felt such joy when I saw the heart…..and then only seconds later, a little girl comes running towards me with a little yellow flower in her hands and a huge smile on her face; without saying a word, she hands me the flower.

“Awe, thank you!” I automatically responded with a huge smile now plastered on my face.  She beams back at me, giggles and skips back to her mom.

That was a precious moment and one that brought tears to my eyes. To this day, I clearly remember that encounter as if it were yesterday and remember feeling the immense love God has for me. He used that foam heart and little girl to bring an overwhelming expression of love, joy and reassurance that He is near, He is listening, and He hears my every word.

 

“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”     Ephesians 3:14-19   –KJV

 

 

Copyright © 2016 by William D. (Nick) Nichols

2 Comments

  • Beth Burkett says:

    As I read this, a smile came to my face because the Lord has been highlighting His love to me all week, flooding my heart, giving me scripture…..”As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love….” “Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens….” And today this Eph verse you used came to my mind. Sometime, I’ll tell you two of my own “Love Stories”–one involved a monarch butterfly and another time, a hummingbird. Yes, He does do these things for us! His love is better than life, stronger than death, the sweetest thing I know!

  • Caleb says:

    I was so blessed today reading your love letters!
    I feel just like you now, Nick,
    “Left standing beneath the dark stormy clouds, smiling.”

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