It’s early morning, around 5:30 in the morning. I’ve been up for a while, unable to sleep again.
As I sit at my desk and look out the windows in front of me, unable to see much of anything because it is still very dark outside. Everyone is sleeping, and it’s hushed. The silence is broken by the sound of a little bird singing …
It’s been five minutes now, and this bird is still singing! As I listen to the bird singing in the darkness, I glance down and see a quote scribbled on a tablet. It’s one of my favorite quotes, written by one of my favorite authors, Max Lucado. No kidding, here’s what the quote says, “Faith is the bird that sings while it is yet dark.” Now y’all, call me crazy, but there’s a message for me here. God is trying to tell me something.
I’m the kind of person that likes to know what to expect. I really don’t like surprises. But my life has been filled with the unexpected, some of it good and some not so much. But as I reflect, I realize that even when the unexpected has not been what I would have wanted, the melody of God’s grace has always pierced, even the darkest moments.
As a result of God’s grace, I have always come to the place of the sun rising. I have ever come to the dawning of newfound hope, realizing that God has been and is ever-present, even in my darkness.
That little bird is something, he’s still singing right in front of me in a tree outside my window. The light of a new day is beginning to pierce the darkness. Again I read the quote, “Faith is the bird that sings while it is yet dark.”
Today will be a good day, I’m certain of it. It will be a good day, not because of any action on my part but simply because I am keenly aware of God’s grace. I’ve heard its melody penetrate my darkness and I’ve seen the dawning of hope.
I pray that when you are uncertain of what is ahead when darkness hides the light of hope that the bird of faith might sing for you too. But, there is one thing required of each one who would hear the song of grace and hope. You must be quiet and listen to, intentionally listen for it, and if you do, you will overhear the bird of faith singing, of that I am sure!