Is there any significance to seeing a red cardinal? While my friend Chris was believing God for a miracle to heal her dog Allie, she often spotted this distinctive bird as she finished her exercise walk. It didn’t matter where she was – on nearby Lake Pine trail or back at her house, she faithfully saw this beautiful bird.
Chris told me she actually looked forward to coming home just to see if she would spot this bird. Somehow it gave her a confirmation of the blood of Jesus that was shed for all of us. Somehow it comforted her knowing that God heard their prayers for their sick dog. Recently her son Eric told her that he also saw visions of red cardinals during that time of waiting for Allie’s miracle of healing. Could God have used this symbol to encourage their faith?
Why do we think it strange that God would speak using physical signs? Throughout the Bible, God used signs and wonders to confirm His word. In fact, when Jesus died on the cross, there were definitely unusual happenings that occurred. There was darkness over the whole land for three hours (Mark 15:33). The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom and the earth quaked. (Matthew 27:51). It even says that after His resurrection graves were opened and many bodies of saints who had fallen asleep were raised. (Matt 27:52-53). These were big signs, but how come so many missed them?
Was it because people weren’t watching and listening? I’ll never forget one of my own sightings. One day I watched 2 beautiful butterflies perch on the back door of my house for almost 1 hour. It seemed strange, but I stood mesmerized and prayed. I sensed the Lord speaking His promise of healing to me as butterflies typically symbolize freedom. When I finally opened the back door, they flew away as I tucked this grand experience in my heart. While you might think this phenomena peculiar, this my friend, should be the norm.
I believe God loves to speak to his people using all kinds of creative ways – even using natural signs and symbols. In fact, both Chris and I are believing that you too can have God speak to you through a sign. Maybe it will be a red cardinal experience? Or maybe not? But whatever it is – it will be something personal just for you.
So Beloved of God, be watching and listening and just ask Him who is faithful….. “God, is this You? What might You be saying?”