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.
UPDATE: Today is April 19, 2020. As I scroll through each of your comments about red cardinals, I am in absolute awe. Thank you so much for sharing your cardinal encounters with me! This blog, Powerful Signs Through A Cardinal, happens to be my most popular blog post.
For five solid years, ever since the loss of my yellow lab Samson, I have been seeing red cardinals. Three years ago, I moved away and had concern that I may never see red cardinals, again. But something supernatural happened...
It was September 2016 when I had returned to the workforce, but sustained a serious injury during my first week on the job. My low lumbar was throbbing, my fibromyalgia was flaring, and I reached a desperate moment.
Sometimes, life gets messy. Unexpected trials happen. And in desperation we say a prayer. I am not talking about a regular prayer. No, I am referring to the type of prayer that takes us so far outside of our comfort zone. The kind of prayers that are so gigantic that they scare us.
After the job didn't work out and I was forced to resign, I took my faith to a whole new level. For years, I sensed God calling me to write a new book. In early 2016, I resisted it. Stubbornly, I said, "Lord, I am not earning enough stable income as an author. I do not want to write another book."
When my glamorous job as a licensed makeup artist and esthetician turned into an epic fail, I switched up my prayer. I asked for something out of the ordinary because I needed to see with my own eyes a real life miracle. I prayed, "Dear God, if it's Your divine will for me to write this fourth book, please show me three red cardinals at the exact same time."
For several weeks, I did not see a single red cardinal. Nothing. This almost seemed like a joke because prior to that I had occasionally seen them flying around my back yard or in my neighborhood.
Stumped, I reminded the Lord of my request to see three red cardinals at the same time. I softly whispered, "Jesus, I don't know what You are up to, but I am not backing down from my prayer. If You want me to write another book, please confirm it by showing me three red cardinals at the same time. If I don't see this, I will know that the book is not Your will. If I do see it, then it will be a green light to start writing."
About four weeks later on a crisp autumn morning, I was doing my stretches on my bed. The window was right in front of me with a clear view. As I lifted my leg high, I saw a male red cardinal fly into my backyard.
Within seconds, a second and third red cardinal soared into my yard. Instantly, I sat up, jumped off my bed, and rushed over to my window. With eyes wide open, I was stunned at the three cardinals meandering outside.
Suddenly, all three red cardinals flew into alignment. They were side by side. It was as if God was showing off and saying, "Look what I did for you! One...two...three red cardinals in unison!"
As my heart raced, I was filled with joy and gratitude. Wow! My desperate prayer became my reality. I asked to see three red cardinals at the same time and God outdid Himself. Not only did He answer my prayer, but He blessed me.
Even today, as I share this phenomenal event, tears slip down my face. I am utterly honored and humbled that God would use beautiful red cardinals to answer my prayer. For Him to have such a wonderful calling and purpose upon my life that He would take the time to show me three red cardinals as His confirmation to write my book.
Last May, 2019, this book was launched. It's titled, Sacred Wandering: Growing Your Faith in the Dark. It is a little reminder that no matter how dark or bleak your life may appear, to never give up hope. To always lean on the Lord who will comfort us, especially in times of need.
Today, I don't know what you are going through. It may be a tragic illness, loss, freak accident, financial crisis, or a death. During these uncertain times, especially of loss and death, I pray for a red cardinal to cross your path. May it bring you peace, strength, and hope for brighter days.
For those who are seeking encouragement, inspiration, and to grow your own faith in the dark, here's the link to my print book and eBook, Sacred Wandering.