Singing In The Storms

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There was an interesting event that made the papers a few years ago about Chippie the parakeet. Perhaps you read it, but if not here is the abridged version of the story.

It was just an ordinary day. Chippie was sitting in his cage enjoying eating, drinking and just doing what parakeets like to do. Then, things suddenly took a turn for the worse. Chippie’s owner was vacuuming the floor when she noticed that the pet’s cage needed to be cleaned. She had never used the vacuum to do this job, but since she had it in her hand it seemed like a logical thing to do.

The lady removed the attachment and stuck the hose in the cage. About that time the phone rang and she walked across the room to answer it. No sooner had she said “hello” when there was a loud “shooop” made by the vacuum. She did not even have to look; she knew Chippie had been…well, evacuated!

She quickly hung up the phone, turned off the machine and opened the bag. There she found poor Chippie- - alive, but obviously dazed. He was ruffled and covered with dust and soot so she rushed him to the bathroom and held him under running water. After a minute she realized that the little guy was wet and cold so what does she do now? There is a hair dryer on the counter which she uses to blast him with 1500 watts!

Chippie survived the ordeal but not without some aftereffects. A week or so later the reporter who had covered the story called the owner to see if the bird had recovered. “Well,” she said, “Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore- - he just sits and stairs.”

Chippie’s story is more than just human interest; it is also a pretty good commentary on life. Things can be going well for us when suddenly we seem to get “sucked up, washed out and blown over.” We are left in a daze and wonder what happened. We often ask questions like: “Why did I do to deserve this?” and “Why did this have to happen to me? When we cannot find satisfactory answers to our questions, these experiences can surely take the songs from our hearts too- - at least for a while.

Let us be reminded that life happens to us all! Thus, knowing that trials are sure to come, the wise thing for us to do is put out trust in the One who can give us songs, even in the darkest storms (Job 35:10).