As a spiritual father said just previous to the following occurrence, which happened on June 17th, 2012…“Love listens.”
At 4:30 this morning I was awakened to my first lesson in listening. I heard hundreds, maybe thousands of birds singing all at once! It woke me with a start.
What were they doing? Was this a phenomenon? I lay there for a few minutes in a dazed awe until it dawned on me that I had to get out of bed to investigate! And good thing too, because this amazing experience only lasted about 5 minutes after I got up, then slowly waned as the birds, I suppose, started their bird day, doing their bird things.
I hurried outside and sat on a step. Although I live in a city, my house is situated in a small lot with many mature trees around it. You know, Kingdom of God trees. :) Were all the birds in the whole city in my yard? The sound in the air was deafening with every kind of chirp, whistle, and tone imaginable all sung together in a jumbled, confusing mess. Or was it a mess?
As I sat there trying to make sense of it all and wondering what in the world was going on, a robin flew down and landed in the grass ahead of me. He chirped 2 notes, cocked his head to the side, paused, and then chirped a series of 3 notes. He kept this up for several minutes, alternating perfectly with a nearby cardinal’s song. It then struck me that this robin may have been trying to listen! To pace his specific, gifted song with the cardinal’s specific, gifted song.
This instantly shed some new light on the hodgepodge sound of all the birds I was hearing. Maybe it wasn’t so much the birds all competing for a voice, striving to be heard and its gifts more used than another. Maybe it was a massive Love Song, made up of ‘pockets’ of nearby birds listening to one another and singing together! I was reminded of the prophecy of Christ: “He will not fight or shout, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets” (Matthew 12:19). In context, Jesus was not about mass-marketing His Song. He was after the purity of the pockets of His children singing His Song, and out from these faithful pockets the entire world will hear the music, “they will know we are Christians by our love, by our love…”.
“My beloved spake, and said unto me,
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land;
The fig tree putteth forth her green figs,
and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
(Song of Songs 2:10-13)
“Ask the animals, they will teach you,
or the birds of the air, they will tell you” (Job 12:7)
June 17, 2012 by Pamela Spock