2020-02-12 - Boisterous
Over the weekend, our daughter came to town for the party of a friend’s little girl. After a brunch of some homemade French toast on Sunday, she got ready to head back to prepare for the coming week. We have a tradition of walking the kids out and waiting until they head off. These days they take longer to prepare themselves to pull out with either text, GPS preparation for travel, or choosing music on one of the many Apps available on phones. It seems like just a second ago, it was a CD or a tape being popped in the stereo and rather than a phone getting so much attention, it was either hair brushing, make-up application or coffee drinking that were the most common vehicle activities. Sometimes, you might see someone reading the newspaper while driving! Anyway, as her car idled, and she prepared herself, a songbird stopped on top of the dogwood tree next to the driveway and shared an abridged concert for us. At one point, Kate popped her head out of the car to say something, and I could not hear her clearly over the engine running and the bird singing so boisterously. His frequency of decibel overshadowed the engine and the voices. According to my 1936 edition of Birds of America (Editor-in-chief, T. Gilbert Pearson & Consulting Editor John Burroughs, Doubleday & Co., Inc.) “the song sparrow takes his singing very seriously." I believe it! It also goes on to say that they are usually ‘at the top of a bush, fence post, or the top of a low tree’"when they break into song. I thought about where I see them, and it is true. So many times, I have been out front working in a flower bed, and one would be at the peak of the garage roof, serenading me. They will go on for several minutes, most times, before taking off to a new location - and I found it quite a statement. Something about the way they tip their heads back and look upward, as if not only serenading me but the heavens above us. And so lively and cheerful, that I could not help but feel the same way upon experiencing the beautiful recital. According to allaboutbirds.org they average 0.4-1.9 oz in weight, which makes their volume even more impressive. We can learn a lot from a song sparrow.
Do you ever feel as though you are not heard? Do you wonder if your presence in purpose or voice has significance? As you go through your day, remember the song sparrow. Even the smallest creatures can have a big impact on the world around them, leaving a lasting impression. You, too, can be the voice of the caring Father within you-exuding boisterous joy like our feathered friends.
“Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.” (John 12:27-29 KJV)
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