Jul. 28, 2020

GRANDMA AND THE BIRD

GRANDMA AND THE BIRD

 

“The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,

And in the night His song shall be with me.”

Psalm 42:8

 

 In the hour of our darkest night God can do a miracle on our behalf, and as such transform our sadness into joy.

 Did you know that many birds learn to sing in the dark? Well they do.

 My old Italian grandmother was a lover of parakeets. There were always one or two of these lovely birds in cages hanging in her living room. It took them a while to learn how to sing a melodious tweet. In the beginning it was more like a wobbly “Fweep”.  From my Grandmother I learned that indeed Parakeets love music and will sing along with songs as best they can,  by “fweeping” merrily.

 Another thing my grandmother taught me was that many times in the full light of day, a caged bird may not sing a song that its master wants to teach it. It learns a snatch of this, a trill of that, but never a separate and entire melody.

 To accomplish this, she would cover the cage with an old dark bath towel and place it where the bird can listen to the one song it is to sing. In the dark, the bird tries to sing that song until it is learned, when it breaks forth in melodious song. When the bird cage is uncovered, the bird can now sing the learned song in the light.

 That is how God deals with us His children. In the shadows of sorrow and affliction we may suffer in life we are invited to can learn a beautiful new song of God’s loving care for us. It can only be learned in the darkness.  It is because of  Almighty God being with us in the night seasons,  that we can face the day.

 The good news is that there is a light at the tunnels end. And because Christ lives in us, we can face all of our tomorrows.

 As always, see you next time and have a great day...