The cardinal feather Karen Dembia’s son found after prayer.
(This simple little story sees Jesus through the trusting eyes of a child. Our reader, Karen Dembia, sent it along with the picture. We often fear to speak of what we ask, lest we look a fool when we do not get what we seek. But whether we get the answer we want or not, the Lord always hears. – CJ)
By Karen Dembia
This was a watershed moment for me regarding childlike faith. We have many different varieties of birds that visit our birdbath and feeders. I was outside with two of my sons, and we found a beautiful blue jay feather. I commented that although I’ve found blue jay feathers all the time, in my entire life, despite the fact that they are frequent visitors, I never had found a cardinal’s feather. My youngest son said, “Mommy, let’s ask Jesus to help us find one right now!”
Here is where my faith hit a wall. Intellectually I believe Jesus could help us find a feather at any moment. But in my almost 50 years of life I had never found one. And even more to the point, what if I asked and we didn’t find one? I was scared to ask, because I didn’t believe in my heart He would send us one.
So I prayed in a way that hedged my bets. I said, “Dear Jesus, we were wondering, if it was Your Will, if You could help us find a cardinal’s feather…maybe today…maybe sometime this Spring…or Summer… Thank You.” I was embarrassed at how lame that prayer sounded, but my son was very happy. They went off to play in the woods. Within a half hour they came running in clutching, of course, a perfect red cardinal’s feather. My son told me they had been rolling big rocks and he found this feather under a rock he picked up.
Needless to say, I had tears in my eyes. This ordinary miracle, taped onto my refrigerator, tells me more about Jesus’ character than any theology I have ever read.
God bless, protect and guide us all,