Do you believe in coincidence? Does God speak to us through signs and symbols in nature? How does God speak to us? If God is speaking and we don’t listen, how does he get through to us?
I don’t believe in coincidence and think that everything happens for a reason. Over and over our higher power, whom I choose to call God, is constantly trying to communicate through any method available.
Is it a coincidence when animals appear?
Native Americans believe that animal spirits or totems appear in our lives to give us messages, and in my opinion it is God trying to get through because we aren’t listening to his voice.
I recently began trying to walk 10,000 steps a day to counteract the midlife bulge developing around my waist. This puts me out into nature a lot more since my home is tucked into the Central Florida Wetlands.
Last week I nearly stepped on the tail of a huge rattle snake, it never saw me, but seeing the snake had me shaken!! The rattle was the first thing I saw, not a footstep away – eek!!
Then two days later the sunlight was shining at just the right moment for me to see a beautiful spider web in the trees.
I tried looking for the web again the next day, and could not find it. It seemed as though God was shining the light directly at the web at just the right moment for me to see it.
Were these two random sightings connected? Was it odd that after seeing the scary rattle snake I was allowed to see the delicate web?
Does this have meaning?
You might be laughing right now, but I began to think this was no coincidence and that this might have meaning. So I decided to look up the snake and spider and see what their appearance might mean and how it relates to my life.
Here is what I found:
Snake key meanings are transmutation, change and to be reminded to stay connected to the self and my surroundings to continue on the path of growth.
Spider and it’s web is bringing attention to my creativity and asking if I am ignoring my ideas and dreams. Go figure!
My inner spirit has been nagging at me to get back to making rosaries, prayer beads, meaningful jewelry and to practice wire wrapping and wire weaving. I have not been making time for that, and have just pushed those thoughts and ideas aside.
Knowing when God speaks
Was God speaking and I wasn’t listening? Did he use the symbols of his creation to tell me in another way? I believe it’s true: when I ignore my inner Good Orderly Direction (GOD), nature takes over to tell me again!
What are your thoughts on how God speaks to you? Have you had any strange encounters in nature like that? How did you use that experience?