So many beautiful things in nature and all around us! The majestic trees and beautiful sunsets. Flowers, birds, lovely insects like dragonflies and butterflies and ladybugs.
Yesterday as I sat pondering the past few weeks and missing not only my son by also my sweet mother-in-law who taught me to be a good wife and mom, a flock of cardinals landed in our trees. Three bright red males and a couple dozen females flitted from branch to branch and ate from our bird feeder.
Cardinals were Rita’s favorite birds.
Yet I knew this was not Rita speaking to me. Nor was she “with me” in that moment.
Scripture tells us that to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord. Those who physically die in Christ are immediately in His presence. They are no longer here but living eternally with Him.
Memories of Rita (and my son and so many more I love) are with me always. The lessons I learned from her and the love I have for those who have gone to heaven before me are with me and comfort me.
My first triathlon just weeks after her death, my number was 44…the same as her address.
But are these signs from Rita? Did she send the birds or the number? No.
People don’t control nature. The spirits of those who have died do not command birds and bugs. God does. God is sovereign over all.
God does give us beautiful gifts! He sends us things that remind us we are loved. He gives us blessings of beauty, kindnesses, nature, and simple things that remind us that He sees and knows our pain. He loves us. He comforts us.
My friends, don’t be deceived. Every good and perfect gift is from God. Give Him the thanks and the glory due Him.
Talk to God, the King of Kings and Lord of Lord. The Creator. Tell Him of your pain and your needs. Let Him who is able to more than you could ever imagine comfort you today. Turn to Him rather than the myths and lies of this world.
There is healing, hope, peace, and even joy available in Christ Jesus.
Joy and grief can coexist in the heart of a believer.