A few minutes ago, a little Phoebe landed on the railing of our deck and sat there with his little feathers ruffled. He gave a few loud calls, looking around in that frantic way Phoebes do, as if searching for something and becoming frustrated with not getting results. I thought back to the time years ago when a Phoebe family built a nest inside our woodshed. The nest was warm and dry which seemed the perfect place to raise a family. Our cat Jenny had different ideas about them building there. It was a sad day when we discovered Jenny had found the nest and killed the mother bird. The father flew around the area for days, calling out for his little bird-wife, desparate to find her so their eggs could stay warm. Since that time, I have learned that all Phoebes have the same cry, whether they have their wife by their side or not, but it still breaks my heart when I hear them because I always recall that sad incident. Some birds have calm, peaceful songs that lift your spirit and make you feel joyful inside, yet, other birds such as the Crow, Bluejay, and Phoebe have annoying or sad songs. It does not matter the circumstances in their lives or what is going on around them. They are loud and cantakerous, demanding their way right away, wanting to take charge of the birdfeeder by scaring the smaller, quieter birds away. They are beautiful to look at on the outside, but as soon as they open their beaks, you want to shoo them away just so you can have some peace and quiet.
We can be like those birds at times. Often times, like today for me, we can be like that Phoebe, frantic with the circumstances thrown in our way and feeling like we want to squawk loudly in complaint about how our day is going. But, we must stop and look up to our Creator, the One Who is directing our steps, and ask Him to help us through every hour, every minute even, and trust Him to take care of our daily needs. Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." No matter what happens, we never leave the mind of our Lord. He is always thinking of us and wants us to keep Him in our thoughts constantly throughout our day.
So, be careful when you open your mouth today. Do not be like the obnoxious jay that yells at those around him so he can get the best in life. Do not be frantic like the Phoebe who never seems to find what he is searching for. Try to have words and a song that will uplift others around you and put joy into their hearts. Psalm 28:7, "The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him."