I Should Be Singing

My daughter had  a “friend”. She called him Dean. He recently moved on, and she’s glad.

Personally, I think Dean was a girl. He/she acted like a girl. She fretted. A lot.

042915RobinWindowEvery morning Dean(a) took up his/her post in the ailing chain-of-gold tree outside Bethany’s window, and started her daily ritual — usually before Bethany would like to be awake. Sitting anxiously in the tree, or pacing nervously back and forth in a window box on the deck rail, Dean(a) flew at Bethany’s window, pecking at the glass — over and over and over again. All day. And he/she was an early riser.

Bethany’s window is still covered with little dirty peck marks from that anxiety-ridden robin. And what has all his/her effort accomplished?


That robin just missed out on a whole lot of our beautiful Oregon spring, and wasted its time banging against its own reflection when it could have been making our days sweeter with its song!

Dean(a) reminds me of me. I may not hang out in a tree, but I do my own version of window-pecking. I see (or usually just imagine) a problem. I fly at it. I step back and fly at it again. And again.

I do my own version of pacing in the window box, watching for the enemy and never realizing that that enemy I keep seeing is me and my over-active imagination, or me and my pride, or me and my desire to be in control.

While I peck away, I make a pest of myself. I disturb the peace, I use up a lot of energy for nothing, and I miss the beauty God has put all around me. I accomplish nothing.

Instead of pecking windows, I just need to relax, trust God, do what He’s called me to do, and sing His praises. He’s got it under control.

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26).

“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise” (Psalm 57:7).


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  1. Perfect timing. I found myself disturbing the peace yesterday. Thank you for the good reminder. God bless.

  2. From one robin to another, thank you. Great timing.

  3. Thank you!! This was much needed!!! How true.

  4. Wow, is this timely and a wonderful object lesson. I’ve been so preoccupied with a very serious and real issue that I’ve lost my joy today….this gave me my perspective back. God will deal with the issue for me…He’s got it under control….I can never hear that enough!

  5. What a lesson on wasted energy! When I see birds, especially the pretty colorful ones, I try to remember to thank Him for letting me see the beauty of creation that surrounds us. I also try to let it remind me of His providential care for all of creation….& not just little ole me!

  6. Pam, thank you for the needful reminder to ” Rejoice in The Lord always”. What a great illustration to share with the children. Just moments ago ,I found myself in awe of how different a difficult job had become as I sang praises unto our King . We are actually learning to praise Him in the midst of some very tremendous storms. Neighboring communities have once again seen the power of Almighty God . May many turn to Him in true praise and adoration.

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