Consider The Birds

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Have you ever taken the time to “consider the birds of the air” as Jesus told his disciples to do in Matthew 6:26? A few days ago, I woke at 5:30 in the morning. It was one of those mornings after a light rain during the night. I got up just as it was breaking daylight and something caught my attention…it was the sound of all the birds singing. It is a sound that I have heard many times before, but for some reason it caught my attention on this particular morning.

I got up and got my coffee and walked out on the front porch and just listened. At first it sounded like senseless chatter, but as I listened closely, I could distinguish the sounds of the different birds. Several mocking birds and scissortails were singing in the trees around the house. The sparrows and finches were chirping. The hummingbirds squeaked as they buzzed in the top of the Mimosa tree.

I could hear the distinct sound of the field larks out in the pasture. There was the occasional call of the bobwhite quail and the coo of the doves on the nest., the chuckle of the woodpeckers in the timber and the caw of the crows in the distance, each playing their part in this great symphony.  As I listened to these sounds that I have so often taken for granted, I remembered the words of an old familiar song:

This is my Father’s world,

And to my listening ear,

All nature sings and round me rings

The music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world,

The birds their carols raise,

The morning light, the lily white,

Declare their Makers’ praise.

It is no wonder that the sound of birds singing is said to be therapeutic. It is a sound that declares:

“There is a God, He is in control and all is well.”   –Wendell Ingram



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