The older I get, the more it seems I am becoming like my mother, now there is nothing wrong with that, but what I am about to say is something that she would say and something that I would never have dreamt of saying a few years ago. And here it is:
“Have you heard the birds singing lately?”
One of the positives to come out of this time has been allowing creation time to breathe and not be so polluted and we have been blessed by such beautiful blue skies, but also by birds and other wildlife crying out and revelling during this time.
It may be that the birds have always sung this loudly and beautifully and I’ve been too busy to notice, but having noticed it, I can’t stop hearing it and I love it and it reminds me of a verse in the bible:
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
Just as the birds are singing out their songs over us, God delights in us and loves us so much that he rejoices over us with singing, and not just us as the human race, but the us is you and me. God rejoices over you and God rejoices over me with singing because so great is his love for us.
Isn’t that awesome. The God of the universe doesn’t just know me and put up with me, he loves me, in fact he loves me so much that he cannot contain it and it moves him to rejoice over me with singing! Wow!
Often when I think of God and how he sees me, that isn’t what springs to mind, it’s more of:
- God sighs over me with frustration or
- God despairs over me with what I’ve just said or
- God tolerates me because he has to.
Too often we see God through flawed, broken and limited eyes and we invent a God who is distant, who isn’t interested in us and thinks we aren’t that great.
Today, as you hear the birds sing, I want to remind you that just as they sing, our God in heaven sings over you and me. And not songs of frustration and disappointment, but songs of joy, songs of delight, songs that well up from a father’s heart of love that says he or she is mine, and I love them.
Let’s trust that God is good and let’s allow him to love us and to shape the way we see ourselves and not be distant from him because we don’t feel good enough. Because of Jesus we are more than good enough, we are loved, truly loved for who we are – he rejoices over us with singing.