Tokens of His Love

Shew me a token for good:…because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me~Psalms 86:17 KJV

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My first discovery of dragonflies happened when I was around twelve years old.  We had moved into an older fixer-upper home, complete with a front and back porch, and a nearby creek running parallel to the right.  My younger brother and I spent two memorable summers there from sun-up to sun-down, completely immersed into nature.  We explored the backyard woods, swam in the creek, helped our parents with planting and picking a garden.

We were in hog-heaven, as us Southerners would say,  describing how happy we were there!  We had never lived anywhere that close to water, so I had not seen any dragonflies up close and personal.  I soon found that they were amazing little creatures.  They could fly up to extreme speeds, do somersaults in the air, eat insects bigger than they were, dance on water, and many other things.

I grew up and didn’t think much of the little insects anymore, until the Lord started dealing with me to write a fiction book based on this setting of my short-lived childhood spent there.  (I haven’t finished it yet, by the way) In the first chapters of my book, I mentioned the dragonflies as a favorite part of my summer.

And so it started happening… I began spotting dragonflies outdoors, here and there,  around our current home, we had already lived in over a decade. I had never noticed them before this time. But it didn’t just stop there.  They have followed along side my car, or hovered outside my windshield, as I have driven down the neighborhood lane.  They have followed along side me as I have mowed grass.  I have also seen them hover over my windshield as I parked at church or the grocery store.  I have even dreamed of them following me.

They mostly appear when I am going through some sort of trial, or having a bad day, or in desperate need of strength and encouragement.  The most recent encounter I had really blew my mind!

I was sitting at the wooden table on my back porch, enjoying nature, drinking coffee, reading a few devotions on my phone app, and praying.  I was having a bad year, to put it mildly.  All of a sudden, the most beautiful dragonfly landed on the porch railing near me.  At first I just studied it as it perched there, then decided to attempt a few pictures.  I fully expected it to fly away after a few seconds–But it didn’t.  I was able to get extremely close!  I decided to put my finger out, to see what it would do.  To my surprise, it crawled onto my fingers, my hand, and let me take more pictures.  By this time, I had taken around a hundred pictures! (and in case you are wondering, no, it wasn’t dying, because it flew off right after I put it back down on the railing!)

I let the tears flow, bawling like a baby, feeling God speak to my heart. He was beside me.  I wasn’t alone.  His love enveloped me like a warm hug.  All my worries had melted away, and I felt refreshed in my spirit.

It hasn’t been just dragonflies, but hearts, as well.  Heart-shaped clouds, heart-shaped potato, rocks, coffee, glow from a night light, mop water lol, (I do have a witness to that one, thank goodness, or I might have even thought I was crazy!)

I never quite understood what it all meant until I stumbled upon the above scripture and read it in different Bible versions.  The Amplified version says, “show me a sign of Your goodwill.”  My favorite is the Message version:  …”Make a show of how much you love me…As you, God, gently and powerfully put me on my feet.”

Little by little, these tokens of God’s favor and great love have helped me realize that God uses those things that are dear to your heart.  He tailors what He is showing you according to your unique personality.  As a child, I loved to draw.  And one of the things I drew most was hearts.  I drew big ones and little ones, upside down ones, and even those with arrows. I had forgotten that until recently.  And He knew how much the dragonflies had meant to me in my childhood by the creek.  God is like that.  When He is ready for you to fit another piece into the puzzle of what He is showing and teaching you, He will give you another clue towards solving the riddle.  (another thing I have loved from a child–mysteries)

At first, I was hesitant to share my experiences, until I heard someone share their similar dealings with ladybugs at a Ladies Retreat.  I didn’t want anyone to think I’m a person always seeking after signs! I’m not about all that. Since then,  I have heard several others tell of their stories of ‘Love Tokens,’ sent from God.

The bottom line is, He is crazy about you and me!  He is the God of creation, and He can and will reveal that love towards us.  He sent a rainbow didn’t He?  So, be encouraged today! God loves you with an everlasting love!

If you would like to share your ‘Love Token’ experiences, I would love to hear from you!

Love you as big as the sky! ~Renee Greene~

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9 thoughts on “Tokens of His Love

  1. Wow, Wow, Wow……This post is written so beautifully. I am glad you are blogging and sharing your gift of words, you make them become magic! Inspiring & Encouraging! My Love Tokens are bright yellow butterflies , one time my van had a flat tire, and an old farmer came to my rescue, he in fact owned a tire repair shop, told me to drive it slow on the sand through his field, once I arrived he immediately began to fix the tire and his wife brought us out a cold coke, I took a sip and a yellow butterfly started dancing around my head, then there were two, ten,twenty, and absolutely were everywhere. My how me and that farmers wife laughed. She told me it was God letting me know he was with me. It was the first love token I received, that I was aware of and not oblivious. To this day I love yellow butterflies! Glory to God! You go this ! Hooray!

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  2. Nicely said!

    Indeed, God Know every hair on our heads; so wouldn’t He know how to speak into our hearts, felt within our own unique way! We may not know it, but He is always with us, beside us; we’re never alone! May His love forever envelope you, with the warmest of hugs! While your worries forever melt away, refreshing your spirit; and strengthen your faith! Love Tokens, sent from God; what a beautiful revaluation! God bless!

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  3. Ok!! first I would like to say that I enjoyed reading what you shared about the Dragonfly. And reading others about their experiences of “Love Token.” I was born in the city, but we had moved to a small town, had never seen cows nor horses in person until we had moved. I saw them on tv. But was in surprise to have seen them in person. We then moved to the country where I was raised. I had never seen a dragonfly until we had moved to this small town. I have not seen one since an adult. Now my “Love Token ” was the Moon. This beautiful round moon. I would always go outdoors as a child set on the hood of my mom car, and just sit and look up at the Moon to talk to God. Because I knew there was a God up there. And I thought just maybe He will listen to me in how I was feeling. I was considered a strange child. LOL LOL. So that is my “Love Token”. There is more to this story. But I will end it here. I do thank you for sharing. Those are some beautiful pictures of your “Love Token” God Bless you. ((Hugs)) 🙂

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  4. What an amazing, beautiful and inspiring story. Thank you for going ahead and sharing it, the more we all share our unique experiences of God’s wonderous presence the more others open up to seeing and feeling it too.
    Love, Light & Blessings to you and all your loved ones. ❤

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    1. Awe! Thank you Trina for your kindness and sweet words! I am so thankful for God’s Presence, leading and guidance, and His great love! I hope this inspires others to share the love! Thank you for blessing me! It means so much! I pray many returned blessings for you and yours!

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