The other day I was laying crouched in waste-deep snow for over an hour with my lens pointed in a specific direction hoping to capture a creature with four legs and antlers. What I failed to take notice of for all this time were the beautiful cardinals fluttering about all around me. Their bright red against the falling snow was so beautiful, and with some luck, I actually got one sitting still for a split second.
According to one site I found, the cardinal's name is "derived from the high-ranking clerics of the Catholic Church who wear rich red robes. The word comes from the Latin cardo, meaning hinge. Something that has cardinal qualities is so important that it functions as a keystone or axle; other things hinge around it." [Source]
I was thinking about my healing process, and how important the right doctors, professionals, environment, and medicine have been. How important it is to follow those researched and proven regimens and how beneficial they have been to getting healthier.
One of my good friends shared about trials in life, and that in the midst of them, that we might not lose our faith. Sometimes it's tempting to throw my hands up in the air and chalk it all up to another thing that doesn't work, or another thing that has failed me. But these verses were given to me (and used to drive me insane) and so I've decided to take them seriously each day, in addition to the professionals that I believe God created for a reason for our healing. In return, they have proven to be the absolute truth:
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."
– Phillipians 4:6-7
I have experienced so many answered prayers, both large and small. Now when I see a cardinal fluttering about when I'm insistent on focusing on everything that isn't working, I will remember my hinge. My true peace.