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It’s Time to Sing?

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Early one crisp morning I stepped out on the back porch, coffee mug in hand. It was late February, and there was still snow on the ground. And that’s when I heard it: bird song! A male cardinal sat in our leafless butterfly bush singing his heart out–at 36 degrees Fahrenheit!

“How do you know winter’s over?” I said to him. He answered back in song–though not in English,🎶 “I don’t. I just know it’s time to establish my territory, find a mate, and build a nest.”🎶

The Old Testament prophet Habakkuk had a similar experience. Things weren’t looking too “spring like” in Judah when he cried out to God, “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” –Habakkuk 1:2 (NIV)

God told the questioning prophet that even MORE trouble was coming. Jerusalem was about to be leveled by the ruthless Babylonians. But the Lord offers the beleaguered Habbakuk a timeless piece of advice: “But the righteous will live by his faith.”–Habakuk 2:4 (NIV)

At the end of the book the prophet takes God at His word. Like my cardinal friend he says–in so many syllables–even though things don’t look promising at the moment, “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”— Habakkuk 3:18 (NIV).

Kind reader, a big part of faith is faithfulness–consistent obedience to God, no matter the weather. It’s time to sing!

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

41 replies on “It’s Time to Sing?”

I apologize for taking so long to approve your comment and respond, Rainer. I switched to a new phone and everything is just now coming back online. Your fresh angle from the Sermon on the Mount is refreshing. God Bless!

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I was thinking about Jesus saying in the Sermon on the Mount-it rains on the good and the bad alike (paraphrasing) as I read your beautiful post. I love what you shared here and how you put it together. Thanks for this encouraging reminder about the importance of faithfulness, rain or shine.

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Wow David a timely post of exhortation in these uncertain times! I need to be just “Like my cardinal friend he says–in so many syllables–even though things don’t look promising at the moment, “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”— Habakkuk 3:18”

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Thank you, Jo. I’m glad I’m not the only one who talks to the birds. Just the other day I told an American Robin that I’d just flown back from New York. “Boy my arms are tired!” I said. She didn’t laugh. Seriously, thank you for sharing and being a faithful reader. God Bless!

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Birds are such great little creatures! I laughed when I read “He answered back in song–though not in English” because I find myself making comments to the birds in our gardens at times and I swear they understand me! 😁
This is a great post David..faith goes hand in hand with faithfulness…amen!

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Your comment reminds me of learning to drive a standard transmission (stick shift) when I was 16 years old. I remember driving down the road and hearing my dad say, “shift!” God walks beside us and offers such directives as well. Thank you for reading and commenting, brother!

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Faith in the midst of snow or even a storm is a true feat of Godly Faith; it’s a bit like test driving a car…we just have to push it through the gears! Great post brother and I just love that beautiful Cardinal.

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I’ve noticed the birds singing in the early mornings lately, too. It reminds me of the saying, “Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.” It seems right now, more than ever, we need that faith.

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“Staying on point.” This is exactly what I thought when I heard, and then saw, that cold cardinal. Sometimes, we must forge on in faith—despite the contradictions. Have a wonderful weekend, Gary. Thanks for sharing.

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This actually happened near the time of your post about seeing a cardinal on your mom’s birthday. But I didn’t want to fill up your comment section, so I told the story here. Thanks for stopping by, Crystal!

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