The last few days I’ve been birding several times with my local birding club. I love birds, and love being out in natural surroundings. Our group has seen many spring migrants as well as some who nest here during the summer. One of the birds we’ve seen is the Veery, a beautiful little thrush who can be elusive unless he’s actually singing.
We were tromping on the path through damp woods with dense undergrowth, the Veery’s preferred habitat, when one of our group noticed movement close to the woods floor. We watched patiently until he finally flew to a low branch where we could get a good view of him.
This little bird had flown from Brazil where he wintered, to be in our woods. He migrates at night, and we now know that he can fly up to 160 miles in a single night, and at altitudes sometimes above 2000 feet. Here in our woods, Mama Veery will lay up to five eggs in a ground nest-cup of grass, moss, dead leaves and weeds, and raise her family who will also fly with her and her mate back to Brazil this fall. Amazing, isn’t it!
As we stood there, binocular-eyed, our little bird opened his beak, and softly sang. You’ve most likely heard beautiful bird-song, but if you’ve never heard the song of the Veery, you must! This little guy doesn’t chirp. Instead, he vocally spirals. That’s the only way to describe it. But in that spiral, he actually seems to harmonize with himself and make two sounds at the same time! His call is the most unique bird vocalization I’ve heard yet.
I watched as little Veery made his unique call softly several times, and each time I felt as if I were on sacred ground, watching something precious and special. I was awed again today as I weeded in my garden and heard another Veery in the neighbor’s trees.
Zeph 3:17 says “The Lord your God in your midst is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over you with joy. He will be silent in His love; He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Since God created all we see and hear in the natural world, we can experience Him through His creation. As I listened to little Veery singing I sensed that in allowing me to witness the little bird’s soft yet vocal miracle of creation, God was rejoicing over me through softness and sound.
What a picture of God — rejoicing over us in silence, and with sound! He rejoices over each of us because He loves us and wants the best for us. He rejoices over every bit of our trust that we give Him, over every indication of our desire for relationship with Him. The thought of God singing because of me thrills my heart! I wonder if He sings in spirals?
Have there been times when you’ve sensed God rejoicing over you?