So, for the past few weeks, I’ve noticed birds chirping rather chipperly outside my bedroom window. Now, you may not think this is unusual, but let me help sway you otherwise. This hasn’t been bright 5 AM chirping, nope, it’s been nighttime tunes.
Around 10 PM is when I noticed them playing and singing outside as if it were morning, and I don’t understand why. Maybe if it wasn’t so new then I wouldn’t give it a second thought, but as I mentioned, it’s only been a few weeks.
Perhaps these little birdies are suffering from jet lag or insomnia. Whatever the reason, it hasn’t been favorable for my sleep schedule. In fact, one evening, I was up watching television and I panicked because I thought I’d lost track of time and stayed up way too late, you know – because birds chirp at five and six in the morning.
Well, I grabbed my phone to see how many minutes of sleep I should try to sneak in before work and realized that it was just hitting bedtime, around 10. I had to take a moment to relax and register that the flock outside my window had just chosen to try lulling me to sleep instead of serenade awake. The funny thing is, in the morning, I don’t hear a peep from them. It’s as if they’ve gotten their days and nights mixed up.
Sing While You Wait for the Dawn
Now, I know you’re wondering where I’m going with this. Well, since you’re here… what if we decided to get our days and nights mixed up? You know, sing in our “nighttime” as we wait for the morning to come.
So many times, we hold back our praise and we hold our breath, just waiting for the sun to shine and for things to get better. Maybe we should decide to sing when the sun isn’t shining. You see, these birds begin their song when there’s no sign of daylight. Remember, it isn’t a 5 am selection, but a 10 pm tune that comes ringing through. It’s as if they know morning is coming so they sing anyway.
What I am saying to you is that your morning is coming, so go ahead and sing anyway.
So, What’s the Play Call?
I know it seems as if you’ve been in the dark for a long time, but live as if you can see the sun rising. Here are a few things to hold on to as you sing at bedtime:
- God is faithful all day long. No matter the time, God is working on your behalf, thank Him for handling every situation. “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,” Psalms 92:1-2
- Remember the songs of Paul and Silas. When these two servants of God decided to pray and praise, not only was it midnight (before sunlight), but they were in prison, probably without windows to see any hope of day. Sometimes the evening is the best time to start praising God for your morning. “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bands were loosed.” Acts 16: 25-26.
- It may not make sense. “Singing” when it’s nighttime may not seem logical, but remember, God is outside of human logic. Most things you do in the daytime, you don’t think to do at night but sing anyway. Do what the darkness in your life cannot understand. “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:5
Stop acting according to your circumstance and cause your circumstance to act according to your actions. Like with those singing birds, daylight eventually breaks, they just don’t wait for it to break to sing their song.