“To Be A Bird”

Spring is here….aahhh. We’ve waited so long for you! It seemed like a very long winter. Lots of snowy days and cold winds. But we are on the upswing and the new spring blooms are putting on quite a show.

spring collage13 And with the arrival of warmer days and mornings, I have been able to open the bathroom window in the mornings as I get ready for work and listen to the birds singing. I remember thinking one morning that it must be awesome to be a bird. Just wake up and sing your happy song and then glide around on the wind all day. I realize they do much more than that but I suppose there is something to be learned from our feathered friends.

Even the bible tells us this :

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?

 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure to his stature or to thespan of his life? – Matthew 6: 26-27

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I began to wonder what makes them sing so loudly in the mornings. (Hello, Google!) I was surprised to learn that even the fine folks at Cornell University who have studied these habits, have no real answer to the amazing dawn chorus. Some suggest that it’s a survival song. They want to announce to the world that they found enough food the previous day and made it through the night, which is the time when most birds can die without having found an abundant food supply, or that they have survived predators and found proper shelter. Personally, I like this theory.They face challenges throughout the day, just as we do. But when they awake at dawn, they announce to the world that they are alive and well. They sing praises of a new day and give thankfulness for another day here on planet earth. Happy, happy, happy!

How many of us do that? Do we wake up with a song in our heart or on our minds and praise God for the gift of a new day? I admit I don’t always wake up that way. But I am going to make an honest attempt to have my own “dawn chorus” of praise and thanksgiving for each new day : )