Today, the birds seem to sing at the top of their tiny voices. There is harmony in the multitude of different songs, as if creating a symphony. They could be singing for their mate. Or they could simply sing because that is what they do. It is a partially cloudy day with just enough breeze to keep the gnats from swarming. It is so quiet yet the birds sing. They each have such a unique offering. One alone would be interesting but together, they have a magnificent proclamation. I am reminded of the song, “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” The chorus exclaims there is singing because of happiness, there is singing because of freedom. That song takes on even a deeper meaning as I am a welcome audience in the joyful freedom hymn.
I understand they do not sing for me. I realize that they would sing even if I was not sitting outside. They sing because that is what they do. They do not need me. They just sing. And it is freeing to me. I am thankful to be in the audience of the concert.
I find we can get easily get caught up with who is listening. We don’t sing because it isn’t perfect. We don’t write because someone might be offended. We don’t draw because we aren’t the best artist in the world. We are more worried about our audience than about the gift. Life could be so freeing if we stopped worrying about the audience and simply created. Whether it is a song or a drawing or dancing, we might find joy in the moment. We may find we sing because we are happy and we do not care what it sounds like. We may draw because we are free. When we stop worrying about being perfect, the song becomes more about the One that gave us the song than the audience. Today, may a symphony of voices lift to the heavens.
2 My soul longs, indeed it faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
4 Happy are those who live in your house,
ever singing your praise. Selah
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