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Monday, June 4, 2012


He hops at 55 seconds and 1.32 seconds--wait for it!

There’s a bird that sits on our neighbor’s chimney and sings. He doesn’t just occasionally “tweet” or “chirp” or “trill.” He sings continuously, changing tunes and styles—as if he’s so filled with joy he can’t decide how to express it best.

Then, after he has sung for a few minutes, he pops into the air—straight up, lands back where he started and begins his aria once again.

It’s as if he is filled with so much happiness, he suddenly realizes he can no longer sit still. He must not only sing for joy, but dance for joy, too.

I have started sitting on my patio each morning with Bible and coffee just so I can begin my day with his example: to start each day praising God; filled with so much joy and thanksgiving that I can no longer contain myself.

I want learn to pop up; grasp a bit of the heavenly realm and return to this beautiful earth and continue singing for joy; all day; every day.

Luke 19:38-40 tells us of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem with the disciples and all the people crying out:

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet the stones will cry out!

Maybe God didn’t place this birdie in our neighborhood just to give me an example of how to live with joy. But that is what it is teaching me. Thank you, Jesus!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we are reminded that all of your creatures sing of your glory; even the rocks cry out. How much more should we sing of your glory, your love and our joy in you! Help us live that joy and sing it for everyone to hear. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Is there a creation that God set in your neighborhood that reminds you of His glory?


chris said...

That bird is a hoot (heehee). Yes, I see His glory everywhere I look. I'm so thankful for the beautiful place He has given us to enjoy!

lynnmosher said...

Rats! The video isn't working. Will have to come back and try it. I love your bird story. Such fun hoping up in joy before the Lord! Thanks for this!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Chris - glad you enjoyed my show-off friend! I've named him "Bob."

From Carols Quill said...

@ Lynn - glad you enjoyed the story; I'm sorry the video didn't work for you. Technology---sigh...