‘Sing and cling!’
is clearly becoming my motto for this season! And I like the way the words dance from my mouth as I remind myself to do just that, each day.
I discovered a short cut through the woodland to the gym the other day. I was in a rush, but the sunlight, which has been a rather rare sight of late, broke through the clouds and dappled dancing light on my path. I stepped hastily over a footbridge and the brook giggled as a bird sang overhead and in that moment, I remembered the words of that wonderful hymn by Carl Boberg..
‘When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.
THEN sings my soul…’
It is true… My soul responded in that moment to the beauty that filled my senses and it sang, it really did, and as my heart lifted and my emotions stirred towards my Creator, I felt Him challenge me.
It’s easier to sing when there is a beautiful melody to follow. The brook…the breeze…the trees. It is somewhat harder to find a melody when it’s silent, dark and cold. But His challenge was to do just that. This morning, at 6.30, as I waved goodbye to Tim, I distinctly heard a blackbird sing a solitary melody over the howling wind and pre-dawn bleakness. It was bright and optimistic and it preceeded any inspiration that I could see.
BUT God said again, ‘sing’! And I know that even without my senses being stimulated, it is absolutely possible and undoubtedly essential for my soul to burst into thankfulness. I can and should always cling to Him, His word and the truth that He is ever present and ever loving. This is all the inspiration I need! ‘The joy of the Lord’ and the song that ensues, strengthens me!
The blackbird’s chorus heralds the dawn and my soul’s outpouring of gratitude inputs joy and resilience into my heart as I continue to ‘sing and cling’ through it all!
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