Author Max Lucado shares in his book In the Eye of the Storm a humorous yet poignant story about a parakeet named Chippie, who had a very bad day. It all started when the bird’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage.
With a vacuum cleaner.
Things were going well, and then the phone rang, so she turned to answer it. Before she knew it, “ssswwooopp!” (Wish I had a sound button.) Chippie was gone. Sucked right in. In a panic, the owner unsnapped the top of the vacuum and ripped open the bag. There was Chippie, covered in dirt (and all that other stuff that gets in your vacuum cleaner), gasping for air and obviously stunned. The owner grabbed Chippie and rushed to the bathroom to rinse him off under the faucet. Suddenly it dawned on the owner that Chippie was now cold and wet, so naturally she grabbed the hair dryer.
Lucado wrote, “Poor Chippie never knew what hit him.”
His owner was asked a few days later how Chippie was doing. “Well,” the owner replied, “Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore. He just sits and stares.”
Have you lost your song?
That’s how life seems sometimes. One minute we are whistling along – loving family, great job, bills paid, healthy bodies, clear minds and blue skies. Like Chippie, we never see it coming. Divorce, pink slip, cancer… Worries suck us in. Situations make us feel washed up. And relationships gone awry leave us feeling blown out. Life can steal the song from your heart. Or it can try.
Ephesians 5:19 says “be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord…” But how do you sing in your heart when your world has been turned upside down? Look to Colossians 3:16 for a clue: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” As the Spirit of God and His word dwell within us, we have songs in our hearts! Hold onto yours, and sing it!
And until you have your song again, here are some from Alvin Slaughter, Hillsong and Ron Kenoly. Hold one in your heart.
That’s When He Steps In: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTLmHJlq-6Q
This is How We Overcome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-0V_LkaJME
Lift Him Up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4Rs4RDVHB4
Bible Study Tools: http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/encouraging-bible-verses/
Life, Hope & Truth: http://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/bible-study/encouraging-bible-verses/