I’m not the only one singing in the backyard

It’s a little before dawn at our house and Rainier wants to go out (for the third time I might add). So I slip the Fitbit into my pajama pocket – don’t want to miss out on the steps – and head downstairs. Candidly, I kinda wanted just a few more minutes upstairs. I have quite a bit going on today. I’d just finished my quiet time and there was a verse that had really spoken to me. I know it’s lazy but I just wanted to lay there thinking about it a few more minutes.

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:18-19. But Rainier was asking…politely.

As I headed out onto the patio and into the yard, all of a sudden the crickets fell silent. There were one or two seconds of complete silence, and then one of the birds started to tweet at us. There’s a cardinal, a beautiful one I might add, who has recently made our yard his home. We see him several times a day. He and Rainier have become friends; whenever we see him Rainier will stop and most times just sit next to me and watch this bird. This morning he did just that. He sat down as soon as the bird started to sing. It was one of those moments where it felt like the world stopped for just a second to encourage me. And what a way to start my day. It felt as if this performance was our new friend’s way of telling me “we got this”… and Rainier had been in on it, making sure I made it outside in time to hear.

It was almost like that song from Train: Calling All Angels. The opening line is: I need a sign to let me know you’re here! Well without a doubt I got a sign today. Maybe it’s the cardinal I need to learn to cue!

So my goal today is to offer some sense of encouragement somewhere and somehow. We all have those days when you feel like you just aren’t ready for the day to begin. If we stop for just a minute even on those days we don’t want to head out, there is some form of encouragement waiting to be seen, heard, or felt. All we need to do is be still…it’s there. I promise.

Enjoy your day my friends!


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