INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK
GOD MUST HAVE WANTED ME TO SMILE
by Sharon S. Johnson
This is the inspiring story of a woman mourning the anniversary of her brother’s death, when something happens to bring her great comfort.
A beautiful red cardinal appeared outside Sharon’s window, stopping her instantly in her tracks. This vibrantly red cardinal didn’t just perch there. He soon began strutting across her patio, as if on parade just for her.
On any other day, Sharon might have said, “Oh, there’s a cardinal,” and passed it off at that. But this was no ordinary day. Her brother, Mootsey, used to be a great fan of the Cardinals baseball team, up until the day one year ago when he had taken his life. Actually, when she checked her old phone records, she realized that this sighting was within seconds of that fateful time. It possibly had happened at the very second of the time she received that life altering call. How she missed him!
But then, through some internet research on the symbolic meaning of cardinals, Sharon found renewed strength. She knew in her heart that
this beautifully vibrant bird was heaven sent to comfort and reassure her. Surely God must have wanted her to smile that day, the anniversary of a day she will never forget.
Sharon S. Johnson is the mother of two college-age daughters and is only just now discovering the gift of writing. Sharon has been a long-time musician playing for church services, work events and other social activities. Since discovering this gift, Sharon has dabbled in writing verses for greeting cards, devotionals for inspirational booklets, and both lyrics and music for a variety of genre. Sharon loves her family dearly, enjoys helping others, and dreams of seeing her writings published someday.
Sharon is sometimes regretful over the realization that it’s possible, actually probable, that she has had this gift all her life and never tapped into it. But she has accepted the fact that perhaps she had to go through some things–experience some things–before this gift was allowed to fully surface. Now that she has knocked on the door, she plans to fling it wide open by writing every chance she gets and by sharing her inspiring messages with others!
This story is now published in
Tales2Inspire~ The Sapphire Collection
(Stories that Echo In the Mind)