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A Scarlet Tangier Brings a Message of Hope

Jodee Schrlau

Scarlet Tangier

 

This spring, we had a new visitor to our yard, a Scarlet Tangier.  I had never seen one and had to look it up to find out what kind of bird it was. Here is what I found in All About Birds.

Male Scarlet Tanagers are among the most blindingly gorgeous birds in an eastern forest in summer, with blood-red bodies set off by jet-black wings and tail. They’re also one of the most frustratingly hard to find as they stay high in the forest canopy singing rich, burry songs. The yellowish-green, dark-winged females can be even harder to spot until you key in on this bird’s chick-burr call note. In fall, males trade red feathers for yellow-green and the birds take off for northern South America. 

It was one of the most beautiful birds I've seen. I was so blessed that God leads this bird to rest in our yard for a couple of weeks.  As I admired it, it dawned on me that the beauty was enhanced by the contrast of the red and black.  I was lead to read Isiah 60 and realized God was using this bird to speak to me.

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
 See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
 Nations will come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn. 
 

Contrast brings out the beauty

All About Birds describes the Scarlet Tangiers coloring as blood-red and jet black.   The red stands out because of the black contrasting it.  This is being reflected in the world around us today.  As thick darkness is over the people, the contrast of God's glory will shine ever brighter.  The darker our world becomes, the more beautiful the blood of Jesus appears.

Because of the blood, we have victory for every situation. Its power provides us with redemption, healing, and protection. Because of the blood, we can fellowship with the Father and come boldly to His throne of grace for direction and insight. It is the blood of Jesus that gives us authority over all the works of the enemy. Revelation 12:11 says we overcome and conquer the enemy because of the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.  

You, my friend, have the solution to every challenge the is facing our world. As a believer, you wield the power of the blood of Jesus. Your words are infused with the very power of the creator of the universe. This is the year of the "mouth", and it is the right time to open it. Plead the blood of Jesus over your family, city, and nation. Open your mouth and boldly declare the blood of Jesus overcomes and conquers anything the enemy comes against you with. Then as you see that power work, you testify. That is how kings and nations will come to light. That is how your family and neighbors will be drawn to the brightness of your dawn. That is how the last great harvest of souls will be swept into the kingdom.

The Scarlet Tangier is a little bird who stopped by to deliver a powerful message of hope.  The darker it gets, the brighter the blood of Jesus shines.  Its power overcomes any darkness.

My testimony: The blood of the Lamb provides protection!

As I was writing this, Steve yelled for me to come outside. The effects of tropical storm Cristobal have arrived. High winds blew a down a dead branch from the tree just outside the porch. It landed and fell in the yard, barely missing the garden, truck, and house. I believe our angels guided it to land in the narrow space available, so no damage was done!

 tree branch falling in yard

You have a testimony of God's power working in your life during these days of darkness.  As you reflect on it, take a few minutes and thank Him for his goodness.  Then consider sharing it with us.  We would love to hear it in the comments below.

 



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