Often life is hard, but God is always good

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.” Letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 6, Verse 19, 20a. New International Version

“Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly”, sang Judy Garland in her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, a movie released over seventy years ago.  Bluebirds have been a symbol of happiness throughout the decades and are, to me, a symbol of hope.

As a young girl, my grandmother instilled in me the love of songbirds, teaching me to recognize them by their plumage and their song.  Eastern bluebirds were not among those that crowded our bird feeders in my early years, so that beautiful creature was more of a legend to me than a reality.

When I moved into a new house eight years ago, I faced a heartbreak that brought me very low.  One morning as I stood at the kitchen window refilling the coffee carafe, a male bluebird alighted on the tip-top of my backyard bird feeder.  He was brilliantly azure with a rosy breast, and he stayed on his perch and burbled cheerfully for a while.

Photo Credit: Keith Ewing

Photo Credit: Keith Ewing

I knew, beyond a doubt, that my Heavenly Father gave me that bluebird sighting to remind me that He was with me and that I should hope for better times.

To increase my opportunities to have my heart lifted, I bought a bluebird house from a Minnesota man who constructs them in his garage, and learned to raise meal worms to draw the birds in to feed.

I see and hear bluebirds everywhere I go now, and that bad time did pass.

This blog name “Bluebirds Always Fly” represents my heartfelt hope that God is real, loving, and personally concerned for each one of us.   Even when we cannot see them with our eyes, bluebirds are always flying over the rainbow.

What is the symbol or sign given to you personally by God to keep your hope alive?  I would love to hear about it!

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Comments on: "How Do I Hold Onto Hope?" (4)

  1. What a wonderful devotion! God loves us so much and uses so many things to speak to us. Sparrows are birds that God has used in my life. For many years, I struggled with worry. It was hard for me to trust God in every situation. I felt like I had to take care of things and fix things myself. I learned that trying to do things in my own strength is useless and exhausting (mentally and physically). God began to amplify a verse of a song to me. This verse was “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches over me”. Then I began to see pictures with sparrows with the same words from the song on the picture. Matthew 6:26 says “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” God used this verse to give me peace. He helped me to see, understand and believe that He is taking care of me and my family and always will. I do not have to worry. Now, when I see a sparrrow it is a confirmation to me that He will always take care of us. It is also an encouragement to me not to worry. God loves us and is always watching over us. He is faithful. He is a good God.

  2. “This blog name “Bluebirds Always Fly” represents my heart-felt “anchor” of hope that God is real, loving and personally concerned for each one of us.”

    I think I should repeat these words daily and every time I begin to lose hope.

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