A note was placed in the hollow of an old oak tree by an orphan which read, “Whoever finds this, I love you.” Probably the child was lonely and was seeking the companionship of someone who cared and had an interest in him. He had been abandoned by his parents at an early age; thus, he knew the value of genuine love. Every day he would watch to see if someone found the note and would respond to it. Eventually, someone did and it changed his whole life.
Let me tell you another story. A message was put (not in the hollow of a tree), but on the beams of a cross with the message from God, “I love you.” The apostle John wrote, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16). The grandest truth in inspiration is the statement made by Paul, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
In the more than 2,000 years since the message was first delivered, many have read it and their lives have been changed forever. The message reinforced their sense of value and purpose. It established a new direction for their life and filled them with joy unspeakable. It provided hope to those who had lost all hope and reinvigorated an otherwise meaningless existence.
Perhaps that same thought may hit just the right person, at just the right time, in just the right place. And the person who reads the note may be you; maybe for the first time. Maybe for the thousandth time and it was just what you needed.