Coincidence?

1. co•in•ci•dence
kōˈinsədəns,-ˌdens/
noun
noun: coincidence; plural noun: coincidences; noun: co-incidence; plural noun: co-incidences
a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.
synonyms: accident, chance, serendipity, fortuity, providence, happenstance, fate;

In John 14 Jesus is with his disciples speaking to them about what was going to happen to him very soon. He was telling them that once he was crucified that the Holy Spirit would be sent to them and would teach and remind them of all things. He was telling them that they would not be alone.

He goes on to say in John 15: 15-21 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

Loneliness is a struggle that I believe everyone goes through at some point and time in their life. We live, learn, grow, and struggle, and there are times we feel that nobody cares for us when we need them, but is that true? We put our faith in others, yet they are bound to let us down at some point just because it is human nature.

I know this is true, for it is something I have battled with since I was a young girl. There was a point, where I was so low that I believed there wasn’t a single person that I could count on. There was nobody that “had my back.” It is a very vulnerable feeling. For a long time I had the “I’ll do it myself” mentality, where the walls were put up so high, that nobody could get in to hurt me again.

This is where the red birds come into the picture. Once I was eating Chinese food and when I finished my meal I broke open my cookie and pulled out my fortune. It said that the color red will become very important to me. I thought that it made no sense and quickly discarded the fortune. However, for some reason I kept thinking about it. Later that evening in my loneliness, I began to pray for a sign that God was with me. I relinquished my heart to God’s will for my life and fell into a deep sleep. Just before I awoke, I had the most peaceful dream I had ever had. In my dream all I could see was the clearest, whitest snowflakes falling, each snowflake that I saw was different and more beautiful than the next. No sound, just an immense feeling of peace, as I watched them slowly falling, then across the foggy, yet brilliant clear background of snowflakes, flew a red cardinal almost in slow motion. I awoke with an overall sense and knowing that God had come to me in my dream to give me His peace. I thought about the red color and considered that it signified Jesus’ blood in dying on the cross for us.

As I got ready and drove to work that morning, the dream was still prevalent in my mind. I remembered my petition the night before for a sign and thought to myself that maybe I was being silly. Before I could even move onto another thought, at that very moment, a bright red cardinal swooped down and flew right above the hood of my moving car. It completely took my breath away. I knew in an instant it was God comforting me, telling me I was not alone. Every day a little thought would creep into my mind and I would brush the dream and the bird aside as though it was coincidence. I would allow my heart to once again be filled with worry and burdens.

One night as I neared my neighborhood on my way home from work, a red bird flew right in the middle of the road I was driving on, and stood there, not budging. Of course, at the last moment he flew away, but again I knew it wasn’t a coincidence. I knew with every ounce of my being that I was not alone. Just like in John 15, I saw Him because in loving Him, and searching Him out, He came and showed Himself to me.

The above excerpt is the introduction to my new book that I am working on called “Looking For Redbirds.” Sometimes we think things are just “coincidence, or serendipity, but I challenge you to think that it may be the Holy Spirit trying to speak to our hearts.

My prayer for you is that when/if you read this book you will be able to release your burdens, whatever they are, to the One who is always with you. That you may search for God and have the eyes to see the Holy Spirit in the midst of your busy lives and that you too, will receive your very own Red Bird that is especially for you.

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