I question the workings of God just as anyone else does. There are times that I don’t understand why he allows certain things to happen or why there seem to be certain prayers that are left unanswered. I see all these little quippy sayings like “when he doesn’t answer prayer it’s because he has something better in store for you” but that doesn’t solve the problems for that day.
I understand that his ways are not our ways, that we will never fully understand the way he works until we get to heaven and then everything will be revealed to us. I guess it is the waiting, the wondering that gets to me once in awhile.
While I try to tell others, those that don’t understand why he doesn’t seem to be moving in their lives or why they still have to go through trials and tribulations after receiving him, when they are ready to give up because nothing significant has changed since they accepted Christ, “God never promised that life on earth would be easy. He promised that when we get home everything will be perfect.”
Sometimes I need to really practice what I preach. I need to listen to what I am telling others and take it to heart. I need to follow my own advice and let God have his way, still there are times when I just feel like he is ignoring me, that he isn’t paying attention.
Then something out of the blue will remind me that he is nearby. Literally out of the blue. There is a myth that Cardinals are a sign that angels are nearby. The Bible has never said anything about this nor have I ever heard anyone preach about it. All I know is that I love the other creations of God. I love nature and all the life that comes with it and Cardinals are beautiful, one of my favorite birds.
As I stood out on the back deck, where I like to say a morning prayer, a cardinal flew down on the railing. Now, while we feed the birds out there, it isn’t that often that they will come very close to us. This one, however, landed not more than three feet away from me. I talked to it for a minute, then it flew up to the Mimosa tree next to the deck, still only a few feet away.
This activity went on for a few minutes, flying down to the railing, going back up in the tree, flying down and sitting, cocking it’s head a little when I spoke, and then going back up to perch in the tree and watch me.
The Lord sends me little reminders that he is always near, and this little Cardinal was one of those precious messages. I love the little reminders he sends and he always know just the right time to send them. Even though there are times I feel lost, lonely or hurt, even though there are times I wonder why he doesn’t make his presence known, these little reminders tell me he is always near.
Watch for those little reminders, for even when we think he isn’t near, he is always there beside us.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”