Yesterday, the sky was clear, the sun was out, and the birds outside my window were singing loud choruses.
There must have been 15 birds chirping in harmony for all to hear.
They were so loud that I almost couldn’t focus on what I was doing.
However, just a few days before, on a rainy day – ONLY ONE bird was singing.
He was perched up on a power line chirping his little heart out.
Raindrops were falling, the skies were gray, but he kept right on singing.
As that one small bird began to sing in the gloominess, others began to sing back.
There was an echo effect.
I heard one bird sing out, then a few others would answer him back.
I began to think about how we are so much like those birds.
Most of us sing with great fervor and passion when our skies are blue and the sun is out.
When we have money in the bank…
When the kids are all fine…
When our health is stellar…
When things are sweet…
However, when our skies are gray and the rain is falling in our lives, we stop singing.
When the clouds form…
When the bills come due…
When our friends desert us…
When things don’t go our way…
WE STOP SINGING!
I wonder what might happen if we began to sing anyway – no matter what the weather, no matter what the circumstances.
What if belted out a song – no matter the weather?
What if we turned up the music right in the middle of our hardest moments?
How might we be changed and uplifted?
And, we do ALWAYS have something to sing about.
I read it this morning:
“Look at the birds in the sky.
They do not store food for winter.
They don’t plant gardens.
They do not sow or reap—and yet,
they are always fed because your heavenly
Father feeds them.
And you are even more precious to Him than
a beautiful bird.
If He looks after them,
of course He will look after you.
Worrying does not do any good;
who here can claim to add even an hour to
his life by worrying??”
So, my encouragement to you (and to myself) today is simply…
~ keep singing,
~ keep praising,
~ keep hoping,
No matter what the weather looks like!
Even if your singing doesn’t change your circumstances, it WILL change you!
I’m so honored to feature Melanie Redd’s words regarding how to sing today. Here’s an introduction:
Blogger, author, speaker, encourager and teacher, Melanie’s passion is to offer HOPE! Married to Randy for 25 years; the couple enjoys travel, eating out, and hanging out with their two college-aged kids. You can read more from Melanie on her blog at www.melanieredd.com.
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