by: Rich Vaughan
I woke up early this morning (5:30am). When we have some cool nights and no humidity, I love to sleep with my bedroom window partially open; I even do that in the winter. One of the neat things about that is hearing the birds greet the dawn. They were singing up a storm this morning and it made me wonder, why do birds sing? It seems they sing for several reasons. The male bird sings to attract a mate (boy am I glad I am not a bird--I would have been single my entire life!).
Males also may sing to warn other males away from their territories. Birds also sing because they are well fed, stress free, and happy. (By the way, a trivia note here: A bird can alternate exhaling between its two lungs and thereby SING IN HARMONY WITH ITSELF!) And my own personal belief is that they sing to praise their creator. Now what do birds have to do with a devotional today? Just this: I know that we adults deal with a lot of stress. From family issues, financial issues, health issues, city, state, national, & world issues, we often stress ourselves out. Jesus talked about this in Matthew 6:26 ff, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet our heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than them? Which of you by worrying can add a single hour to your span of life?”
Jesus’ point in this section is that we should not worry but trust God. Maybe we should follow God’s bird’s example. Think about it: I know we are well fed like the birds (at least by most worldly standards), and like those feathered creatures I know we should be happy due to the blessings large and small that God puts in our lives daily. Finally, Jesus is clearly telling us to CHILL OUT (shrove stress aside). The truth is there is much we can learn from our feathered friends. The lessons can begin when we can sing from our souls for the blessings in our life and praise the Lord for all our needs He provides (I didn’t say “wants”, I said “needs”). Next time you are angry, stressed, and fed up, take a moment for God has sent you a message. It’s in the Bible and it is in His creation that we call birds.
Sometimes the simplest things bring the most powerful messages if we will listen. And with the day I have had, I am sure glad I heard that simple message this morning! Amen? Amen!