Ziiiiiiiiiiooooh twee-twee-twee-twee Ziiiiiiiiooooh twee-twee-twee-twee
Like air sliding down a straw, the bird’s song echoed across the backyard. I could hear the little singer outside my kitchen window and wondered what kind of bird sang so prettily. Every day I heard the warble—it woke me at morning’s first light and entertained me well into the evening.
I searched for the songster one afternoon when I heard the familiar call again. I peered high into tall trees and hunted low in the bushes.
Finally I found the bird sitting on a power line just above the lilacs. I’m not a birder, but an Internet search pointed toward a Western wren. He couldn’t have been an inch long, from the back of his head to the tip of his bill. All of him could have fit into one of those plastic eggs we stuff with jellybeans at Easter.
There he sat, gripping the fat wire between his tiny feet, singing. He’d aim his bill at the heavens and let out the first sound, like someone blowing air through a tube and sliding it down to lower the pitch. He followed with a bounce of his tail as he twee- twee- twee’d the rest. Seeing it in print doesn’t do the song justice.
Make a joyful shout unto the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness
Come before His presence with singing
Know that the Lord, He is God
He has made us, and not we ourselves
We are His people and the sheep of his pastures.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him and bless His name.
For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
When life gets tough, and the future seems bleak, finding something to sing about becomes difficult. Caught up in our struggles, we forget to raise our voices in praise to an Almighty Creator.
But let us take a lesson from that little wren, which has no permanent home, has to daily search for his food, avoid the cats, and yet finds strength within him to lift his joyful song for all to hear. His song gives us hope, fills us with joy, and lightens our way. Can we do no less for the One who created us?