Something that always lifts my mood is hearing birdsong, wherever I am. Even on busy normal work days, I can be rushing about and suddenly hear a bird singing, notice it and really listen, even if it is just for a few seconds… which becomes a few seconds of rest from the hustle and bustle of my busy mind and life.
What is really lovely at the moment whilst in Lockdown is that life and the streets where I live are much more still and quiet. So when I’m on my lunch break, whilst working from home in a very busy and full house, I can sit in my little garden and really hear the many different birds, I can have a minute, take a breath, feel more still and then get back to work.
When I hear the birds singing I am reminded that there is a plan, a purpose and a much bigger picture for our lives than whatever is currently happening. I am reminded that no matter what I am never alone, I am loved and cared for, and that God says in His Word ‘Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?’ Matthew ch6 v 26.
Today we thought we had a Gas leak, so I opened windows and aired the room, then closed it up whilst we ate a very lovely Sunday lunch (not made by me of course). It seemed worse so we called the Gas Board who advised me how to turn off the Gas supply (I had no idea!), that we should evacuate the house (to the garden or car) and that they would arrive within the hour. Ten minutes later a friendly local chap arrived, checked everything and all was well. We did everything he advised us to do and had done everything I thought we should be doing… then I heard a Blackbird singing away!
I was reminded again… that no matter what difficulties we may face, (yes, anything, even a Gas leak) especially during these strange times… of what the Bible says, ’God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe! That’s right – He rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you – under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing.’ Psalm ch91 v 1-5
Today I was reminded to turn to God and not try to work things out myself (as I usually do), but to rest in His Peace and Protection and His Love for me! I pray that you are all reminded of this too today and take a few moments rest listening to the birdsong.
Mandy x x