I’m up early, sitting on the porch, taking advantage of one of those early summer cool fronts. The sun is rising, the weather is perfect, and God’s Word is so rich I can almost taste it. A while later the thunder begins to rumble; and within a few moments the rain is pouring, and I’m getting wet. As I close my Bible and begin to grumble, I hear the oddest thing. In the middle of the summer storm, I have a silly bird sitting in the top of my tree, singing its heart out. What an odd combination: a thunderstorm and a songbird.
As I scoot my chair back, grumbling about wet feet, God reminds me that I’m sitting on a comfortable porch. That silly bird doesn’t have a roof over its head, yet there it sits in my tree, soaking wet, singing praise to the Lord.
A while later, my stomach begins to grumble waiting for breakfast. That silly bird is still singing, and God reminds me that the rain prevents that bird from flying. There’s no breakfast insight for my feathered friend. Yet I hear no grumbling squawks, no arguing chirps, no aggravating cheeps - Just praise in its unanticipated fast.
As thunder rolls and lightning flashes, I’m thinking this might not be the safest place to sit; yet that silly bird never ceases it’s fearless praise of the Lord. And God reminds me again that in my weakness, He is perfectly strong. In my uncertainty, He is perfectly able. In my fear, He is my security. And the best I can do under any circumstance is to praise His Holy Name.
Thank you, Father, for such simple reminders to focus on the priorities. First things first, I praise Your Holy Name. When You created that bird inside its eggshell, You had a plan to use it to glorify Your Name. And when You knit me together in my mother’s womb, You planned to use this simple story to bless someone’s heart. So Father, remind us all to put first things first, and praise Your Holy Name.
Isaiah 49:13 “Shout for joy, you heavens! Earth, rejoice! Mountains break into joyful shouts! For the Lord has comforted His people, and will have compassion on His afflicted ones.”
Psalm 59:16-17 “But I will sing of Your strength and will joyfully proclaim Your faithful love in the morning. For You have been a stronghold for me, a refuge in my day of trouble. To You, my strength, I sing praises, because God is my stronghold—my faithful God.”