Those nutty birds were at it again this morning. Darkness outside, freezing cold temperatures… and they were … singing?!?
Are these the mentally unbalanced birds? The crazies? The ones whose brains have been affected by the long, cold winter and think that singing is a good idea? Actually, according to this article in the National Geographic News, resident birds begin singing in response to changing light levels. This triggers a hormonal response and voila! The singing begins. In essence, these birds are sensing the changing of a season before we can even see anything different. We are focussed on the 15 feet of snow (and more falling?! Really, Lord?) and the fact that 3 layers just aren’t going to cut it against the wicked wind chill. We feel the cold, we see the snow and the wind and we complain. But those birds, they are going by different cues.
They are singing the songs of promise… the song of spring coming.
In the same way, often we cannot understand someone who might state something that doesn’t seem to line up with our experience. We see rough waters ahead, we see pain in the journey, we see a lack of light, we see a hopeless situation.
What does God see?
God sees the spring.
God sees the hope.
God sees the small seeds, sleeping under the snow, but knows that within those seeds, there is life ready to burst out. God sees the fresh, new life springing from the winter snow covering the ground.
In 2 Kings 6, Ezekiel and his servant are facing some serious challenges. “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
At this point, I imagine the servant is likely shaking in his shoes. What? All he sees is a huge army set on capturing them. And Elisha tells him that there are ‘more with us’ than with that massive army outside the door?? Is his master Elisha mentally unbalanced? Cray cray?
But then Elisha prays, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. His eyes are opened to the greater spiritual reality and he sees. He sees that God has an even bigger, stronger army surrounding the king’s army.
There is always a greater spiritual reality. Too often, we are so focussed on what we see with our eyes that we miss the greater truth of the spirit. We need to focus on what God sees. God’s promise is that spring will come. When we look outside we think spring is going to take for-ever to get here. But the birds.… the birds are already sensing the spring because they are focussing on something different.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Eph.1:18
We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor.2:12-14
O Lord, open our eyes, that we may see the way that you see. May we be the ones to sing the promises of spring because we focus on You and Your promises, and not on what we see around us. Help us to see the potential in things the way that You do!