Lessons From The Early Bird

One morning this week, I was awakened hours before the sun came up by the most beautiful sound – a little bird was sitting on our window-sill singing.  Singing at the most inconvenient time.

This little bird started her song at around 3am, and I have been pretty exhausted these past several months so I was not particularly thrilled.  We are in a season of intense transition and change as we purge our belongings, sell our home and move to Australia.  In the middle of it all God has been so faithful, but my body and emotions have been responding to this change (as they should).  I won’t lie…I wanted to shoo away the bird when I saw the time on my phone!  3am, I mean, REALLY?!  Yet I felt the Holy Spirit strongly encourage me to listen a bit longer and learn from this little creature.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. – Psalm 46:5

One of the things that I noticed first about this little bird is that she was singing while it was still nighttime.  Before the light of the sun even appeared, she was already serenading the dawn.  I kept thinking to myself as I allowed her song to lull me back into a slumber that she was actually singing in the dark.  I felt in my Spirit that this was a very symbolic act that I needed to follow if I was going to powerfully navigate through this next season of the unknown in my own life.  

The Lord began to speak some life lessons to me during the little bird’s song.  Here’s what I learned:

1. Even the darkness did not dim her song.  This little bird has the most beautiful song.  I still have no idea what type of bird she was, but her song was one I had never heard before.  She sang brightly, and her song lit up the darkness – even though it woke me up physically, it woke me up Spiritually as well.  “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5, ESV).

2. One lonely bird sang her heart out.  Not only did she light up the darkness with her song, but she was fully herself.  She sang at the top of her little lungs, and she sang the very song that God gave her to sing, even if she sang it all by herself!  “Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23, ESV).

3. It was dark and gloomy, but she made it a beautiful place with her glorious song. It was dark and gloomy out, and she made it beautiful. Both for me as well as for herself. I will let Psalm 84:1-4 speak for itself:  “Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the Valley of Baca [weeping] they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.”

4. Sometimes, it takes a prophetic act to awaken the dawn.  Personally, I have felt a sense of anxiety about my future during this time of transition.  What will next month look like?  What will I be doing in Australia?  I know that God promises a better future than I could ever ask for or imagine, but at times my “vision” for the next season has felt dark and clouded.  

But since I trust God, I can confidently sing to awaken the dawn.  I can smile at the future because I know that God is good (Proverbs 31:25).  

Like this little bird, I can sing before I see the full light of day because I have hope and I know that my voice and declarations will cause the season to shift.  “My heart is steadfast, O God!  I will sing and make melody with all my being! Awake, O harp and lyre!  I will awake the dawn!  I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;  your faithfulness reaches to the clouds” (Psalm 108:1-4, ESV).

5. I can sing while I wait.  That little bird obviously could not wait for the dawn, so she began to sing it into being.  Why can’t I do the same?  I may not physically see the sunrise with my eyes, but I can feel it in my soul.  Waiting it not easy, but it doesn’t have to be the grueling process that our human minds often make it.  Like David I can command my soul to wait on the Lord and I can sing while I wait.  “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning” (Psalm 130:5-6, ESV).

I am so grateful for this little song bird, especially at 3am.  What valuable lessons to learn!

“Then shall your light break forth like the dawn and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.”- Isaiah 58:8

~ Mandy Woodhouse