Signs and Wonders

Do you believe in signs?  I do.  And why not?  Whether you believe God is sending you a message or it's just your intuition, it's usually in your best interest to listen.  That's been my experience anyway.  Understanding what you're being told, that's the difficult part.  

Two years ago, in January of 2017, I sat in a mostly empty room writing in my journal near a window with a mostly full bird feeder attached to it.  We had recently moved to Chattanooga and I was lost.  How on Earth I was going to transition from being a full-time office employee making art on the side to being a full-time artist in a new city where I knew no one.  I couldn't even get birds to come to my feeder!  Then, as if on cue, a bird landed on my windowsill - a little reddish-brown bird I couldn't identify. (Later, I found out he was a Carolina wren).  He was nothing special, and he didn't do anything except sit there, but his presence made me feel less alone and gave me hope.

That bird came to stay.  He was always the first to visit the feeder in the morning.  When I exercised, he sat on the back of the porch swing and encouraged me with song.  After some time he found a mate and they built a nest in the boxwood beside the porch.  Soon, the peeping of baby birds could be heard.  One evening, a year and a half later, a snake appeared on our porch.  Kevin shooed it away but the next morning everything was silent.  The snake had found them.  I was heartbroken.  We had begun packing up the house at that point and it seemed like an ominous sign.  But a week later my wren was back!  He had survived!  He no longer nested next to the porch, but he visited us almost every morning right up until we left.

Now, in our new home, it feels like we're back to where we were two years ago, trying to build a life in a new town where we know no one.  As I journal, I remind myself that we've been lost like this before and managed to find our way.  We're still reaching for our dreams. 

I've set goals in the past.  Some I've accomplished, others I haven't, and for the most part, it hasn't really mattered one way or the other.  My art is different.  My writing and paintings are a huge part of what makes me who I am.  It's how I love the world and everything in it. 

If I'm not successful with those things, then who am I?  What am I? 

As I wrote those lines in my journal a flash of movement caught my eye.  A Carolina wren landed on the porch rail right next to the window.  The first time I've seen one here and the only time any bird has done that since we moved in.  And then he began to sing.  In that song, I heard a message meant not just for me, but for everyone.  "God loves you. You cannot fail."


“One life on this Earth is all that we get, whether it is enoughor not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can.”

― Frederick Buechner


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6 comments

  • Than you Lisa. Love your message. Happy that you have a new feathered friend to welcome you to NC. Starting over is never easy, as always, wish you & Kevin the best.

    Mary Jo Barbaretta
  • Just beautiful. Keep doing what your doing Lisa. It will all work out as it should

    Lauren
  • Lisa, thanks for for continuing to share your thoughts and experiences. Your authenticity and transparency is what attracts people like me to you and your blog. The many many beautiful pictures and your original artwork makes your words even more inspiring. I believe we all receive many signs from God, but most people choose not to evaluate the signifigance of those signs and just shrug them off as mere coincidences. Thanks for once again opening my eyes to how beautiful nature is and the many messages and blessings we can receive if we just open our eyes and minds to see what is really present. I’m excited for you that more and more galleries are wanting to display your paintings. I believe the year 2019 holds many exciting rewards for you as you passionately pursue your dream with a structured action plan. You now have definiteness of purpose in most of your daily activities. Couple your strategic daily actions with your burning desire to succeed and help make this world a better place for all and you have a perfect recipe for success! If you can visualize it you can achieve it! You most definitely can provided you continue following through with strategic action. :-) Dream big and dream often! If you shoot for the moon and miss, you still land among the stars! :-)

    Glynn Hodges
  • Beautiful message Lisa. Nature is so healing! I wish you the best in your new home.

    Roberta Tobey Gertz
  • I love that you are tuned into nature and hear her communicating with you. Our animals, domestic or farm, communicate nonverbally and we learn which sounds means they are hungry, hurt, need to go out or want to play. Why would nature be any different? She loves us and wants to communicate to us in her own way. Sending love and hope on your new journey .

    Lucy

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