The last few mornings I woke up up at the ridiculous hour of 5:00 am. Lying in my bed attempting to drift back off to the peaceful bliss of sleep for a few more hours I could not help but notice the sound of birds chirping outside my window. I thought to myself I never hear these birds any other time of the day but every morning rain or shine as the sun makes it appearance in the morning sky these birds begin their song like clockwork. Their song is but one of the many things all around us that despite a worldwide pandemic, racial unrest and an economy that has seen tens of millions lose their jobs we take for granted. There song is a message that despite all the chaos in the world today the Sun still rises in the east, the Earth still circles the sun and the birds still sing.
Being single with a pre-existing heart condition I often find myself physically alone as well as alone in my thoughts these days and despite being blessed in so many ways that it is hard to quantify, there are times I find myself questioning why. Why have I never been able to find that special someone to spend my life with? Why have I not been blessed with the gift of a child? Why do I have this heart condition? Have I done something so wrong in my life that I’m being punished? I know I have not lived a perfect life. I know I have sinned but I am only human and in the grand scheme of things I have lived a good life, tried to do what is right and help others where I could. So why? But as I laid there this morning alone in my thoughts I listened to the bird’s song and realized that despite everything their song was a blessing, their song told me that the Lord has breathed life into my nostrils so that I may see another day and hear their song. While my life may not have gone according to some abstract blueprint I put together in my mind I was blessed to wake each morning and hear the song of the birds. A song that for the first time I could really hear. A song that reminded me of all that I am blessed to have, things that that I sometimes take for granted. A song that reminded me that the Lord is always with me, walking beside me, guiding me, protecting me, and with that thought I smiled and drifted back to sleep to the song of the birds.