Sunday, December 4, 2011


I tried valiantly, but the words were not flowing, and after several attempts of  forceably trying write a post that was clearly out of the will of God (I think I dozed off a few times while I was proof reading it) I am recycling one of the very posts I ever wrote, it will be a new to many of you because back then no one read my blog. 

Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My!

Ok so it is more like Bald Eagles, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Beavers.

“C’mon lets go” my friend yelled standing two feet away in the patio door that leads to my backyard.

“Shhhhh quiet, you are going to scare them away, come take a look at this” I said in little more than a whisper.

Exasperated and growing impatient she steps out onto the patio to take a look. “It is a bird” she says.
“It is not just a bird, look at it, it’s a Cardinal, I think there is a family of them living up there” I said pointing up into the 50 year old maple tree that is still standing tall in my backyard.

“Ok, so it is a Cardinal, I think we learned about those in the first grade, c’mon lets go”.

“If there is any doubt in your mind that God exists, that bird right there is proof that He does”.

“It’s a bird”.

So my friend was completely missing my point, and I am not giving up hope that some day she will see the beauty in what I saw in my backyard that afternoon. Living in Wisconsin we don’t see many Cardinals, our state bird is the Robin, and Cardinals don’t come around for a visit very often, but when they do, it is hard to miss them. I had Cardinals and Blue Jays living in my back yard that summer, looking quite intentional with their color palette of blues and reds so bright that it is unmistakably God who created them, and rather than containing these colors, He created a bird to bestow them upon, to swoop and dart through the air for all the world to see, and they were living in the tree in my backyard, and they stuck around all summer keeping me company.

I saw many miracles that summer, A long neck crane cooling himself in the pond across the street, Cardinals and Blue Jays gliding through the air over head, a beaver slithering its way into the water and a bald eagle perched on a lamp post that had the entire neighborhood out to watch, and when it spread its wings and took flight I don’t see how anyone can deny how great our God is to create such a beautiful and spectacular creature.

Ever wonder where God is in your life? Just look around, He could have created the world to be black and white and we would be none the wiser, but He didn't, instead He chose to bless us with blue skies and rainbows after a storm, green grass and leaves that change color in the fall.  He blessed us with the daisies of the field, and the sweet scent of a rose, He sent His Son, He didn't have to but He did.   


  1. He did give us a beautiful color palette, didn't He! I find it interesting you recycled a post today. I read another blogger's post about recycling, I hope you have had a great weekend!

    <3 Kendra

  2. Hi Kandi ~ I used to be like that and say..."it's a bird", I had no appreciation for the things the Lord gave us to enjoy! I never saw the beauty in the trees changing colors or the mountains with the snow on them. They were just there. Then one day I became a Christian and now I can't get enough. Beautiful post.

  3. I love this earlier post you are sharing Kandi! :) There is so much glory in the world; music, art, nature, sunlight, stars. We need to keep our eyes and ears on the beauty of the world; there is enough of it...enough to last us a lifetime!

    Blessings and hugs,

  4. Hi Kandi - firstly, thank you so much for all your prayers and encouragement. I really appreciated it. Would love to connect more directly with you. Here's my email: And this post, so great. Its so true is we look at things just a little differently how much we see God in all things. Great post
    God bless

  5. He didn't have to send His Son, but He did. I'm so thankful for all the blessings God has given us, especially that one. Thank you for sharing this post with us, Kandi. You are such a blessing!

  6. It's funny you reposted this article Kandi. Jonathan and I took a couple-mile walk in a local state forest yesterday, and one of the discussions we had was regarding "God's Paintbrush" and how wonderful His use of color is. :-)

    We're very Blessed to be living surrounded by His masterpieces.

    Have a Blessed Day!

  7. Beautiful post. God's art work is everywhere we look!

  8. Beautiful words Kandi. He's given us so much to enjoy and so much to see His handiwork in. Awesome :) Blessings!

  9. Hi Kandi - just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know I've awarded you a blog award :) Its at the end of my friday post. Now, for a bit of fun, you can pass it on and encourage others if you want to.
    God bless

  10. Kandi, a quick PS. I copied Tracy and tagged you for the Liebster award also.

    <3, Kendra