My kids and I enjoy observing the different visitors that frequent our yard during meals each day. Some mornings it’s Tippy-toes, Shadow & Lavender – the black squirrels, and Smokey, the grey one. There’s also a small yellow chickadee the girls like to refer to as Little Lemony. The first time we saw him we called him banana bird because he looked like a small banana perched in the tree. My personal favorite is Cary the cardinal. He’s so vibrant and red and his whistle is so distinct that I was able to pick it out among all the other birdsong before I even knew which type of bird he was. He usually sits in a tree two yards down from ours, but we can always hear him whistling away.
In our last house, we had a hummingbird feeder and we learned just how tenacious and fiery those little hummingbirds can be! There was always a lot of competition and conflict happening at the feeder. In each case I am amazed at the diversity of these small creatures; there are countless varieties, with unique markings and plumage, individual songs and whistles.
Fleetwood Mac has a great song called ‘Songbird’ .. one of the lines says ‘and the songbirds are singing like they know the score…’ This has always made me think of birds as confident creatures who don’t waste their time worrying or fixating on menial issues. They simply know their role and are steadfast to complete it. They instinctively know when it’s time to migrate south. They know when eggs are to be laid, and how to manage those eggs until they hatch. Lovingly, they build a nest to house their eggs, and then their chicks. They will go and find worms to feed their babies, and protect them fiercely from predators. In all the time I’ve spent observing birds, I have never felt like they were unsure, or second guessing themselves. They seem to be ‘all business, all the time’. There is a confidence and self assuredness in these small, but feisty creatures!
Another wonderful song about birds is one that my daughter loves for me to sing to her at bedtime, the Beatles song ‘Blackbird’:
‘Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly. All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise, blackbird fly, blackbird fly, into the light of a deep dark night.
Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these sunken eyes and learn to see. All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to be free, blackbird fly, blackbird fly, into the light of a deep dark night.’
This song speaks of finally getting the chance to do something, be someone, to rise up and be who you were meant to be. The song was originally written as symbolic of the civil rights struggle of African Americans in the United States in the 1960’s. It’s a call to get up, dust off, take your chance, seize the day! We all have a unique song to contribute. Within us there is a voice unlike any other. One that has something to say that no other human on earth is meant to say.
With God by your side, muster your courage, gather your confidence and go hand in hand with Him to be like that little songbird who sings their song and goes about their business without a care as to what the other songbirds are doing.
Live your calling and trust God with it – He loves the little songbird, and He loves you.
If He gave Little Lemony and Cary Cardinal their song, their determination and confidence, then why would you expect that He won’t do the same for you? Trust the great things He has in store for you and rise up to that most amazing calling!
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”