Day 196: A Bounty of Dragonflies (July 15)

I think I’ve mentioned before that God has used dragonflies to speak love to me for as long as I can remember.  I honestly don’t know why, but when I see them I always smile.  I think they are beautiful and unique.  They are also not something I usually see every day.  Except right now.

It seems that every day I see at least one flying around in my view.  They bring me such pleasure.  They testify to my spirit of His faithfulness.  The bring to remembrance the fact that He knows me.  He remembers me.  He cares for me.  During this transition season, I need to remember that every moment.  When I see one, it’s as if God is saying, “Hey, look at Me.  Don’t lose focus on My face and My truth.  I am faithful.”

A couple of years ago, when we were going through some other life challenges, I was running outside and as I ran past a certain spot I was surrounded by a swarm of dragonflies.  The had black and white striped wings, which I had never seen before and it was the most beautiful and awe-inspiring thing ever!  It was in that moment, I heard God say, “I will take care of you.  You will get through this.”  Peace, covered in delight, flooded through my bones as I rejoiced in worship at His lovingkindness toward me.  For the rest of that run I felt like I was flying.  I felt as if I had wings.

Later, God gave my youngest sister a vision of a similar dragonfly to paint for me in a large picture which I now place directly above my piano.  It’s so special to me.

I think what I’m trying to convey this morning is, if you will allow yourself to notice, God will reassure you in one way or another.  He will undoubtedly use something in creation to bring a peace to your spirit.  He uses pretty birds to speak love to my oldest daughter.  It’s so sweet because when we go for walks we end up coming across a certain type of bird that she loves so much, and she giggles with delight every time I remind her that it’s God using that to show her His delight over her.

God is thoughtful and very kind.  It’s definitely within His nature to do these things for us.

How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!  And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.  Psalm 36:7

Answer me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good; according to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me.  Psalm 69:16

Wondrously show Your lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand from those who rise up against them.  Psalm 17:7

I shall make mention of the lovingkindness of the Lord, the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has granted us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has granted them according to His compassion and according to the abundance of His lovingkindness.  Isaiah 63:7

But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, Whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Titus 3:4-6