There are certain times in a person’s life or events that take place that are just so outrageous they are almost unbelievable. The story I’m about to share with you is completely true. I’m not even sure I could make up a story like this if I tried.
If you know me personally, or if you’ve been following along with my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been going through some things as far as my divorce is concerned. With the divorce came a lot of questions. Questions about what I’m going to do with my life now that everything I had known and planned for had been drastically changed. For the most part I think I’ve been doing really well, thanks to my friends and family. But I was looking for more guidance. I had been praying for that among other things, but mostly for peace and guidance during this rough patch in my life.
You also may be well aware of my love for tattoos. I’ve been getting them for a few years now and I add to my collection whenever I have time and money available to do so. There were three rather specific ideas for tattoos that I wanted. I wanted to get tattoos to represent the three greatest gifts that God has given us: Faith, Hope and Love. Already having the Faith and Hope tattoos, I only needed the tattoo that represented Love. I decided on getting a dove tattoo on my inner left bicep awhile ago. Doves are symbolic of love and the Holy Spirit. Last Wednesday I went to the tattoo shop to get it started on my arm. While I was sitting in the chair, feeling some of the most intense pain I’ve ever felt, I was thinking about the meaning of my tattoo. Love. It’s what I’ve been trying to remind myself daily, that life is all about.
Fast forward a couple days. I was sitting at home being bored and I began reading. This time I was reading some online article about guardian angels. I’d never really given them much though before. Reading this article definitely piqued my interest though. In the story they were talking about how a guardian angel is basically assigned to every person for the duration of their life and they are always there watching over you and when given a directive from God, they can step in and direct your path according to His will. It went on to say that most people never know their guardian angel. It then said that some people have been fortunate enough to either see their guardian angel, or at least get a sign that they are there. It said that if you would like to see yours or have yours make you aware of their presence, that all you had to do was ask them. Well, I asked, aloud, that if I had a guardian angel watching over me, to make itself known to me. A couple days went by and nothing. Then one day I was out taking my dog for a walk, thinking about the guardian angel thing again. We were outside for a little while and when I turned around to head back to the house, a feather fell out of the sky right in front of me. I looked up and didn’t see any birds anywhere nearby. I instantly got goosebumps! I picked the feather up and took it inside. I took a picture of the feather, then placed it on my dresser, not giving it anymore thought.
Tonight, while I was at work, I got to thinking about the feather again and I began wondering if it really was a sign from God that I had a guardian angel watching over me. My good friend Eric was online and I asked him what he thought. I value Eric’s opinion quite a bit, especially when it comes to things pertaining to religion. I told him the story I just told you, and he reminded me to keep my focus on God, and that He was the one that a sign would come from if a sign was going to be given. We joked around about whether the feather was even from a bird and I mentioned that it would be really interesting if it was from a bird that was either extinct or not native to this area. After I made that comment, it really got me thinking about what kind of feather it was exactly. So off to Google I went. I searched for “Indiana bird feathers.” Right there on the first page I saw a match to the feather I found. Clicking on the image revealed that the feather belonged to a mourning dove. A MOURNING dove. A MOURNING DOVE!!! After reading that I instantly had goosebumps all over again. Eric looked up the symbolism of the dove and finding a dove’s feather. He said that it is a symbol of the Holy Spirit (which we already knew), and finding a feather is a sign that the Holy Spirit is with you. So not only do I have a guardian angel watching over me, I have THE Guardian Angel watching over me. This couldn’t have come at a better time in my life! I now know first hand how it feels to be graced by His presence! It. Feels. Amazing!
I also found a little more information on the mourning dove. There are three key representations:
- A symbol of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, one of the figures of the Holy Trinity (The Christian Doctrine advancing the belief that God exists in 3 persons: Father, Son and Spirit) is depicted as a dove in the baptism of Jesus. According to the Bible, when Jesus emerged from the water, a dove from heaven descended upon him. Baptism is a Christian Sacrament of spiritual rebirth by which we our “cleansed” of our “original sin,” and the Holy Spirit places us in permanent union in Christ, and makes us a formal member of the Christian Community.
- A symbol of Hope
In the Noah’s Ark story, God decided to create a big flood to wipe out all the people on earth, except for Noah and his family. After forty days and forty nights, Noah released a raven to look for dry land. When the raven returned without success, a dove was then released. The dove, thereafter, flew back triumphantly with an olive leaf. Noah was pleased. It brought reassurance that trees were growing on dry land – a certain sign of life! The dove stood, therefore for new beginnings, great expectations and deliverance.
- A symbol of Peace
Although it is a white dove that typically represents peace and safety, Mourning Doves may also represent the same. The states of Wisconsin and Michigan regard the Mourning Dove as their official state symbol of peace. Pablo Picasso, the famous Spanish artist, when commissioned to design the logo for the World Peace Congress in 1949, drew a dove entitled “Dove of Peace-Blue.” It is because of their simple and maternal nature that doves have become a symbol of solidarity and concord among nations.
So to me, finding this feather was way more than a sign that I’m being watched over by a guardian angel. It was a sign of a spiritual rebirth, proving to me that the Holy Spirit is with me. And as Eric pointed out, it goes deeper than that. I found this feather during a walk, symbolizing even more that He is with me as I walk through this life.
Finding this feather was also a sign of new beginnings, great expectations and deliverance. I’ve weathered the storm. There is more out there for me and I’m finally reaching dry land. A sign that it’s time to rebuild. Going through the things I’ve gone through, learning new things along the way that make me stronger not only physically and mentally, but also (and most importantly) spiritually!
Finding this feather, the feather of the mourning dove, was a sign to me that peace is here. I can finally put my mind at ease knowing that He is taking care of me, just as He promised He would.
You may not believe anything I have just shared with you, or you may believe some of it but not others. That’s your prerogative. But as for me…I BELIEVE!
|The Mourning Dove feather I found on my walk.|