There's a saying that God works in mysterious ways. He most certainly did for me! Within minutes, I heard a bird calling. It was so clear and loud that I walked over to my window to peer out to see a beautiful red cardinal on the tree outside. For quite a while, the cardinal sat in the tree singing. When I walked away, it suddenly hit me...what if this is God's sign? Could this red cardinal be used by God for a divine purpose?
Intrigued to learn more, I went onto my Kindle to research the symbolism of red cardinals. As I gained insight, I was blown away by the accuracy of my present situation in my own life. Here is the highlight of the symbolism of red cardinals: "There are times when it may be possible for a little red cardinal to get our attention when nothing else can, especially in times of depression and grief. Cardinals can bring color and vitality into our lives. Their crimson color can remind us of the importance of ourselves as individuals in the circle of life.
As the cardinal red color is symbolic of faith, so it can remind us to "keep the faith" through circumstances that might look bleak, dark and hopeless. You are a vital element in the circle of life and regardless of where you are in that cycle you always have the opportunity for restoration, revitalization and renewal. The call of a cardinal can come to cheer us up or cheer us on. The unique clarity of his call can be used to gain our attention and lift us from our depression, our sorrow or perhaps our ordinariness."
In awe, I am fascinated at how God used a cardinal to powerfully minister and comfort me in such a beautiful and profound way, especially as I grieve the loss of my sweet Samson. When we look through the Bible, we can discover that the Lord uses amazing signs and wonders for a divine purpose. He can use anything to speak to us, comfort us, and reveal Himself to us. It can be signs in our dreams or through music, books, people, movies, rainbows, butterflies, and even through tragic losses, such as our beloved pets.
"God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders, and by manifold powers, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will." Hebrews 2:4 (ASV)
This morning, as I looked online for an image to use for this blog, I found the one you see up above. The description brought me to tears. Happy tears of confirmation mixed with sad tears of missing Samson so much that my heart hurts. Wet tears streaming down my face as I embrace gratitude for how faithful our Heavenly Maker is. The cardinal description stated, "A beautiful cardinal means someone from heaven is visiting you."
To some people, this may appear far fetched or not logical, yet it gives me the courage to work through my grieving process and to trust that God's miraculous sign of a red cardinal was not coincidental. Today, I thank the Lord for touching me when I am emotionally hurting. For revealing Himself to me in a dramatic way. For knowing exactly how to lift my spirits and for encouraging me to bravely keep walking in faith even when my heart is breaking. While I miss Samson terribly and saying goodbye was so hard to do, I cling to God who gives me peace, strength, and hope.