Audacious cardinals and perserverance


One morning a few months ago, I walked through my kitchen and sat with my coffee. I was enjoying the peaceful morning until I heard a tapping noise. The fact that my declawed, indoor cat was sitting under the window staring was my sign that was where the noise kept coming from.  I looked up to see a small, red cardinal pecking at the window. I figured he would leave eventually, and I left my ferocious cat under the window.

Little did I know, Frederick the Cardinal would keep residence at my dinning room window. Frederick has pecked and pecked at the window so hard it’s a wonder that his little, yellow beak is still in tact. Despite the fact that Frederick’s intentions to harm his reflection are still to this morning rather annoying, I admire Frederick.

Now, why would I admire a tireless bird dumb enough to peck at one lone window for five months? Well, at least this bird does something I am not always good at practicing. He practices perseverance. I know it’s crazy. But just follow me on this.

This week I read in the book of Romans about working through our problems and what we gain out of that. Starting in verse 3 in the fifth chapter says

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character, and character hope. Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

Given the only problems Frederick deal with nests and worms, but Frederick practices perseverance. I tried to remember this verse all week as I dealt with all sorts of problems from all angles of my life.

Whether it be tripping over my backpack and falling flat on my face or struggling with my spiritual walk, this verse along with the help of Frederick taught me a little something about persevering.


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