11 January 2009

God Speaks Many Languages

If you came in search of levity today, I recommend moving on to the next stop on your blogroll.

Today I sat in a dark, quiet place and contemplated God. I wondered if, having eschewed a relationship with God for so long, I would recognize his wisdom if it was ever presented to me.  Then, at the very moment that thought crossed my mind, I glanced out the window and saw the answer presented to me, as clear as if it were written in ink.  

  There, on the railing at this unfamiliar place, was God's message to me.  I know what you're thinking . . "Corey, that's just a Cooper's Hawk, not a message from God."  Not today it wasn't.   Today, I believe that hawk was sent to that spot at that moment for me.  He paused just long enough for me to snap two photos.  The first was washed out by the flash's reflection on the door.  The second one you see here.  Before I could raise the blinds, he was gone.  But the impact of his visit hit me like a runaway freight train.  

As I sat in that empty place, I contemplated all of the things that brought me happiness.  I love the life I have, and I find myself fighting to keep it at all costs.  I wondered if I could ever find happiness again under a different set of circumstances, and until today I've failed to visualize that possibility.  Then, as if in a deliberate attempt to get my attention, that Cooper's Hawk appeared outside my window.  The message, to me, was crystal clear.  Even here, sitting alone in my darkest moment, God chose to show me a small sign of happiness.  "You CAN find happiness elsewhere, even in the unlikeliest places.  Keep looking, and don't be so myopic."  

My Good Man . . we're clear.


Lynne said...

This is a powerful message you've shared here Corey. I'm glad you were able to listen when God spoke. I think God speaks to us often. It's a matter of making ourselved able to hear. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

The Holy Spirit speaks to the hearts of those it desires. That you have perceived this signal is most definitely a message prepared for you.

Carolyn said...

You know I love this post.

And you know I love you even more.

God definitely works in mysterious ways.

Sparverius said...

Great message, Corey. And thank God for these moments, for beauty, for life.

Anonymous said...

Very powerful message Corey. It touched my heart. Whatever it is that you are going through just know that we are here for you, whatever you may need.

Brian Spahr said...

Hey Corey. Thanks for sharing this with me... and everyone else. Sounds like you were exactly where you needed to be on Sunday.

I'm always amazed at how God finds ways to tap into the depths of our souls and find ways to assure us that he is right there with us... walking with us even in the midst of our deepest times of struggle.

I'm glad you looking and listening yesterday!

Corey said...

Thank you all for the responses. Anonymous #1, I know who you are and I appreciate your opinion very much. Anonymous #2, I'm not sure who you are, although I imagine with a little detective work I could figure it out. Regardless, thanks for the words of support.

Corey said...

I might have to eat a few of those words. Mere seconds after I proclaimed to have known who Anonymous #1 was, the suspect posted a comment under his real name. Hmm . . well, I may not know your identity, but I appreciate your thoughts just the same.

Jaime said...

We all experience his spirit in our own unique ways, yours is particularly beautiful! Couldn't have come at a more perfect time. I love you.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous #2 is us, June & Steve
I just had to let the cat out of the bag.

Anonymous said...

Here I am...anonymous #3...there will be no guessing here. My prayers have been answered I do believe the smallest of God's creatures sometimes teach us the most. Please thank the hawk for me next time you see him. Love

Mary said...

Corey, thank you. We've been doing a lot of contemplating, haven't we? I do believe God appears and touches us in different ways...especially when we need it.