Have you ever been left an unexpected message that brightened your day? A note from a friend that arrives in the mail or a note left for you in a place you will find before you head out for the day? I never really thought much about these things until I met Dave, a man who lovingly taught me a lot about cherishing someone. He constantly found ways to send me a message just before a meeting to encourage me, a note to say good morning or brighten my day and to let me know that he was thinking of me. Sadly, he went home to be with the Lord several years ago but the love that he shared in these small seemingly insignificant ways taught me a valuable lesson as it highlighted how God had been doing this very same thing for my entire life. Growing up I often was captured by unique moments; a sunrise, a butterfly landing near me, an eagle swooping overhead. I used to love sitting by the lake and listening to the sound of waves lapping against the shore. Each of these experiences seemed like a special moment carved out just for me. I believe God does this for us to tell us that He is near and He loves us. “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.” Psalms 19:1 NKJV He is constantly reaching out to point us to Himself. Over and over in science and in nature there are signs that point to His presence. Lou Gilgio did a wonderful message called How Great is Our God that shows several such examples. My favorite part is the portion where he talks about Laminin, which is a protein that acts as a glue to every cell in your body. These proteins are vital for the maintenance and survival of tissue. Without these proteins your body would falter. How does this tie in with love notes from God? These cells are in the shape of a cross. Even at a cellular level God is pointing us to the greatest love note of all. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13 NKJV Jesus knew what was going to happen as He approached Jerusalem but He came anyway as a love note to you. It was His eye on the joy of being able to love us that kept Him moving toward the cross. “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 NKJV I pray that as you enter this week you begin to see the love notes that He continues to leave for you. Moments where He is simply telling you that I am here.