Monday, July 20, 2015

Life Lessons from Neffy


I have a canary.  His name is Neffy.  

I was up before the crack of daylight this morning.  And I was excited to be able to see what a canary does the first thing upon waking.  

Sitting quietly in the still darkness of pre-dawn, I listened for his stirring. 

Silence.  

As the sky begins to throw back it's nighttime cover and glimmers of light begin to appear, Neffy went from silent and sleeping to awake and eating.  He flew down to his food cup and ate. 

Just a bit.  

Then back to a perch.  He preened his feathers.

Just a bit.  

And then, the silence is sliced open by Neffy's rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus.

Could his song be a song of praise and gratitude for seed being in his cup?  Could it be a song of worship to his Creator for supplying all of his needs?  Could it be that this little bird is so thankful for another day of life, that he cannot contain his song any longer - that he must let his praises find flight?

His song is effortless; spontaneous.  He is not concerned with how loud he is or whether or not his song is "pretty".  He wholeheartedly, with reckless abandon, sings his song of adoration.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth...                                   ~ Psalm 149:6
Jesus' disciples were praising God wholeheartedly and the Pharisee's tried as they might to get them to shut up.  They told Jesus to rebuke His disciples. But, Jesus answered them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out." (Luke 19:40) 

God receives thanksgiving and worship from all of His creation. How much more-so should we who receive his life-altering eternal gift of salvation?

How can we be silent? Or with pious religiosity rotely sing because that is what is expected of us on a Sunday morning?

How can we not joyously sing our songs of worship if we have a grateful heart - anytime, anywhere?  

Food for thought.

Because of Him and Unto Him,

3 comments:

Betty Draper said...

I do believe God little creation , the bird has one on us human's. They don't seem to toil or spin but go about life using things God has created to fulfill their needs which means they are not stressed out so they sing without guilt, anxiety, pressure to please, without comparison being their motive. Yes, we need to learn how to live this way and then we too will sing with a care. Beautiful post Diane..

Diane Ronzino said...

LOVE your Wisdom, Precious Betty! It makes my heart sigh with understanding!

Floyd Samons said...

Food for thought indeed! That was awesome! To ponder the sovereignty of our Father in all things makes you wise indeed! That's great. I didn't think of it like that, but the earth, including all the animals declare His majesty!