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Rebirth and Renewal

REBIRTH AND RENEWAL

2 Chronicles 7:14

“If my people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”

Not many people know how my love for peacocks started. “Oh! Chrissy just loves the colors and the flamboyance of that bird so much that she made it into a jewelry business name!” This statement is not completely false; however, there is a much bigger and more powerful explanation of why the peacock captivates my imagination and that main inspiration is God.

Here’s how it all began.

While wrestling with a personal struggle and not knowing which way to turn, I did what many confused college girls do. I cried, drove around in my car, and had a big, fat pity party. Deep down in my heart I knew which path to take, but my mind was clouded with lies of deception and that uncomfortable idea of change.

My eyes filled with tears, I decided to take a ride in the Riverland’s Oak subdivision and have a mega “woe is me” moment. As I turned a corner in the subdivision weeping away, I was suddenly stopped by a strange sighting. A live peacock was strutting across someone’s yard. What? A real peacock in LaPlace?! I was instantly intrigued, and my depression soon turned into a spiritual question.“God is this you? Are you answering me?”

Of course the peacock was not God Himself, but God often uses signs and wonders in such mysterious ways to captivate His people and persuade their thinking. I instantly possessed a peace while watching this bird. His elegance in each step and colorful feathers cascading down his back reminded me of a heavenly realm. Just like that, my pity party ended completely, and I was on a quest to find the meaning behind the peacock.

I Googled it, of course.

I typed in the search bar, “peacock symbolism in Christianity” and expected nothing to pop up. To my surprise, tons of information revealed itself. The websites uncovered that peacocks were an early sign of eternal life. They are said to stand outside the gates of heaven to welcome our spirits back home. A peacock’s feathers represent an all seeing, omnipresent God. He knows all and hears all. And the best one of all, the peacock is a symbol of rebirth and renewal. Rebirth and renewal. These words rang true within me, and I knew the move I had to make. Yet, I was hesitate. Fear was holding me back.

The very next day I was off to do a news story with a friend for the Southeastern Channel. We traveled all the way to St. Francisville and while riding in the car, all I could think about was that weird peacock encounter. Doubt imprisoned my mind and my faith dropped lower than dirt.

“God if this is truly you, please make it clear.” Looking back at this statement, I can clearly see just how much fear can suffocate faith… if you allow it.

It didn’t take long for God to answer my reoccurring question. After an hour of silently praying for His will to be done and mediating on this mysterious bird, we arrived to our destination.

“Chrissy we are here! Look how beautiful!” My friend had no idea of the turmoil I was going through, but she quickly pointed out a sight that I would never forget. The very next day after encountering my peacock in that yard, I was literally dropped in the middle of a peacock paradise. The grounds we were on, Hemmingbough Plantation, was covered in peacocks. White ones, blue ones, purple ones, gorgeous males and plain jane females were starring into my face and flaring their feathers.

I promise you, visit their website.

God made sure I knew it was Him. Why? Because I asked. I sought after Him. I knocked, and He heard. He always hears! He says He will reveal His face to those who seek it. I sought my answer, and I was open to His communication style. The way He communicates with His children is unique and specific. God chooses to show Himself in many ways, and when you develop a strong relationship with Him, He will reveal Himself clearly to you in a way that you will perfectly understand.

John 14:27

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Weeks later, my sister was walking in Lakeside mall doing some window shopping. She passed by a popular cooking store and peered inside the window. She was instantly captivated by beautiful, decorative plates. If you know Cheree, you know she has a weakness for home decor and elaborate turquoise treasures. She was drawn to the plates and wanted them; however, she ignored her urge to purchase them and moved along on her way.

While sitting in her car and preparing for her ride back home, she was drawn back to the idea of those plates perfectly displayed in her home. She couldn’t wait any longer and felt a sudden urgency to call the store and have someone save those gorgeous plates. They needed to be her’s! They were meant for her!