The Cardinal, my favorite bird “is symbolic of faith and comes to remind us, that though circumstances might look bleak, dark and despairing, there is always hope. The Cardinal comes to us to remind us to ‘keep the faith’ through circumstances might look bleak, dark and hopeless. In addition, the cardinal is symbolic of the blood of Christ, reminding us that we as believers are covered by the blood of Christ.”
Years ago I read “When a red bird flies in your path it is a sign from God that He loves us and has not abandoned us” (unknown) For me, the Cardinal is more than a sign, it is a message of hope and reassurance of God’s presence in my life.
The Cardinal is devoted to his mate staying with her for life, supplying all that his bird family needs in food and in nesting, protecting his mate by ferociously defending its territory against any predator.
It is the Cardinal that showed me how God sent His Son Jesus to stand guard over us, protecting us, and supplying us with what we need to sustain us in our life – food, shelter and His presence. Not as ferociously as a Cardinal, Jesus protects us gently as a Shepherd caring for His sheep; He will defend and care for us even at the cost of His earthly life.
Twelve years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the male and female Cardinal found their way to me with their message of hope and would sit just long enough by my kitchen window to bring me comfort and strength to get through another day.
Over the years with each difficult moment, deployments, complications from bad choices and doubts of my faith – the Cardinal always shows up reminding me of Gods promise that He is always near, sheltering me from life’s storms.
It is the little red Cardinal who gets my attention when nothing else can. It is the Cardinal that God sends His message of hope to me.
When our hearts are heavy and the burdens of life start to consume us, may our eyes be open to the message that comes from God’s messenger the Cardinal, that His presence is all around us – every day and in every waking moment.
What is your message from God that brings you hope, peace and comfort? Keep it close to your heart finding the perfect peace that comes from God alone.
“You will keep in perfect peace Him whose mind is steadfast, because He trusts in you”Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)