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Sing In The Rain

I did some research about birds singing in the rain. Most birds sing after a storm. According to Google, there is no specific meaning as to why the joyful chirping after a rain. Birds could just be happy to have survived the storm but rain brings worms to the surface and insects out to dry themselves, making it easy to get food. Low flying birds know when rain is coming. Usually small birds stay quiet and still during the rain to conserve body heat. When birds sing during the rain, it means that the rain is about to end.

We could learn a lot from the birds. The birds know that good will come from the storms. They know the storm is going to end. We all face storms in our lives, most of which we would rather avoid. We use up our energy during storms and know we need to find shelter. Psalm 91: 4, "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." I love that the small bird stays still. That is what we really need to remember during the storms. Psalm 46: 10, "Be still, and know that I am God."


Look over the storms of your life and I am sure you will see where God was working. And I bet you will see where He brought good from the tough times. Romans 8: 28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." It is during the storms that we learn to lean on God which helps us grow in our faith. Isaiah 41: 10, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."


Birds also know that the storm will end. Psalm 30: 5, "For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." So what can the birds teach us about accepting the storm, believing that it will pass? Small birds usually have their bodies upright with their beaks pointed upward. They are still, conserving energy and allow the rain to fall off of them. So when we are in the midst of a storm, we should look up and keep our focus on God. Colossians 3:2, "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." Remember, God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.


"When it rains, look for rainbows. When it's dark, look for stars."


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