Daughter Sing Softly
Lately, in the early morning hours I’ve been hearing the chirp of the cardinal. Faithful this little feathered friend seems to be. The dawn comes. The singing begins, even in the bleakness of winter.
I recall writing a devotional about my backyard tenant several years ago. As I researched the blog posts I noticed I posted it two years ago today! Coincidence? No, I don’t think so.
No matter where we’re at on our fertility journey or in life itself, I believe God is putting a gentle reminder before us.
“Daughter, sing softly….”
Let praise carry you through this week! Be encouraged today!
Isn’t he a cutie? (I know its’ gender is a ‘he’ because the males are brightly colored) It took many tries at daybreak to get this one slightly decent picture!
Daughter Sing Softly
Along with the visit of winter comes the wet, dull, silent days and gray landscape, even in Southeast Texas. On the other hand, there is always a turn between the seasons. The brightness of spring is just around the corner. And God, in His unique, loving way, proves to us a sign through the things we love and when we need it the most.
I love birds! Truly any kind of bird! However, one of my favorites is the cardinal. It’s indigeneous to some parts of North and South America. An attractive bird to say the least! Bright red feathers, black bill, a metallic chirp with a sweet, crystal clear melodic song…and my most favorite feature, for the most part, the male and female are always together.
For the last two weeks, right outside our bedroom at daybreak there has been a cardinal singing, loudly, wakening me morning after morning. In the deepest sleep, I would hear the bird’s song, and smile, knowing that God is near. The daily morning concerts continued. Then, one particular day for my daily devotion, I opened my Bible and read the very first thing.
My eyes fell upon this scripture:
“…one arises to the sound of the bird, and the daughters of song sing softly.” Ecclesiastes 12:4
Wow! How personal God truly is to you and me. He knows how much I love birds, how little feathered beings always reminded me of the Creator. He placed it in a strategic place to sing, then He led me to His Word and gave me instruction for the moment: while I wait, to sing softly, to worship the Creator – the One who gives life to all things!
In doing a word search about the cardinal, I found some interesting characteristics. The word “cardinal” originates from the Latin word “hinge.” A hinge helps a door or gate to turn. Could this sweet bird be a sign there is a turn in the change of seasons in my life or yours? Could it be a turn from winter’s silent, dull barren landscape to spring: bright green, fertile, budding with life?
I believe He is saying to us, “As the season turns, Daughter…Sing softly!”
A scripture to meditate or memorize. “Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.” Psalm 86:17
A prayer for you. “Heavenly Father, I ask that you show me a sign of your goodness! I need it Lord! I thank you for your faithfulness to me, even in the littlest things. Comfort and help me as I wait upon you for the desires of my heart!” In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Take a moment to praise and thank Him for what He has done in your life and will continue to do.