by tklicka on January 24, 2011


I stepped outside this morning to grab something I had left in my car the day before and was shocked at the bitterly cold temperature. I should have known it was freezing out when our heater never seemed to stop running all night long. As I made my way to the car I was stunned by something else, however…a lone bird singing out with all his might in the frigid, early morning hour.

His song was the most cheerful thing and had the immediate effect of making my heart light. I couldn’t suppress the smile bursting out of me. “How like You Lord, to give a little gift like this bird’s song at the beginning of my busy day.”

As I came back inside, I checked the temperature—18 degrees. That might not be cold to many of you northerners, but down here in Virginia we get pretty spoiled with 32 degrees for an average winter temperature!

I stopped to think about the bird and wondered how it could break forth into song in such miserably cold weather. I realize a bird’s feathers help keep it warm but it’s still really cold out there. I get to be inside with my heater running. He doesn’t.

I decided to look up why birds sing (yep, I’m a homeschool mom!) and discovered that as the days get longer the daylight triggers a hormone in birds that chemically signals their need to start finding a mate. Spring is on its way!

I thought about light, how God made light and the length of the days and seasons and marveled at how wonderfully God has made everything. For God’s birds which He has made, it is the light that causes them to sing. It doesn’t matter to them that it’s 18 degrees outside. They have the light to bring out the song inside them.

“You are my hiding place;
   you will protect me from trouble
   and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

     ~Psalm 32:7

How I want my life to be like that bird! I tremble when I have an 18-degree day, and right now, I seem to be having a lot of them. Concerns for my children and their future, worries about how I will be able to provide for my family in the months ahead, burdens for others and their great needs, and a love for my country that weighs on my heart as I see the direction we are headed as a nation.

What enabled that bird to sing out in joyful song was not a warm, sunny day. It was the light. Psalm 119:130 says, The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” Earlier in the Psalm we read, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (v.105)

My pastor Bob Donohue once said we act according to the motivations of our heart, which respond to what our minds are dwelling on. God has given us Jesus, the light of the world (“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world”, John 1:9), and He Himself is the very Word of God.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. IN HIM WAS LIFE, AND THAT LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF ALL MANKIND. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” ~John 11-5

As we meditate on the Word of God in the scriptures and allow its truths to inform our minds, God brings the light of His truth deep into our hearts and helps us to respond to Him with faith and trust. Even when we are faced then, with dark days, rainy days and yes, even frosty 18-degree days, we can sing with our hearts and lives the joyful testimony of a people held in His sovereign care, just like that beautiful bird sang out this morning.

May the light of God’s Word fill your hearts that your life might burst forth in songs of joyful faith!

Thanking God for you, your friendship, and your prayers,



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