Hope’s Sunrise Serenade
By Sandra Fischer
(Interview with Sandra Follows After this Article)
Some folks have a "GE" alarm clock that buzzes; others are awakened by the voice of a morning disc jockey on their "Sony." I have a "Wren". Each morning before daybreak, the warble of this small bird brings me into consciousness; a gentle awareness that night has passed and a new day is about to dawn.
Jeremiah appreciated the hope a new day brings when he wrote: ". . .his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22b-23 NIV)
A new day – a new chance – a clean slate awaits me as I consider the hope expressed in the bird’s song. To some, this trilling may not be so thrilling at such an early hour, but it really is a wonderful way to greet a new day. To begin the morn with a song is an expression of gratitude, a melody of hope and promise. It’s an announcement to the world that, "Hey, I’m still here – another day to live, to be, to sing."
William James said, "We don’t sing because we’re happy, we’re happy because we sing."
Of course, some of us don’t readily burst into song when our feet hit the floor. Remember the joke, "Do you wake up grumpy, or do you just let him/her sleep in?" Some people may never appreciate the sound of music in the morning nor greet the day with expectation. Too often, we don’t take time to truly grasp how precious a present God has given us each morning. Yet those little songbirds are sweet reminders of how blessed we are, and, therefore, should be a blessing in return.
Sometimes as I am listening to the wren’s serenade, a refrain will press into my consciousness – "This is the day, this is the day that the Lord hath made," or "When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries – may Jesus Christ be praised." When this happens, I find myself eager to see what God has planned for me. My hope for the new day is the assurance that He is already there, working out every detail in His plan and purpose for me. When my feet hit the floor, I know that I am on solid ground because "my hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness. . .on Christ the Solid Rock I stand. . ." I need not be "alarmed" into the awareness that a new day has dawned.
In fact, the use of the word "alarm" for awakening people is almost like saying, "Beware! Look out! Another day is ready to hit." I think I prefer the sunrise serenade of the "Wren" for starting the day in tune – a day full of hope and promise. Perhaps its melodious sound is what inspired Emily Dickinson to write:
"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all."
Thanks little Wren, for your morning call – for filling the air with the song of hope God gave you. May it instill my heart with the same praise music of His faithful providence.
Sandra Fischer taught high school English in Indiana before owning a bookstore for several years. Most of her writing are stories wrought from her experiences growing up in the Midwest. She has been published in Guideposts and several trade journals. Having retired in 2000, Sandra lives in South Carolina with her husband, Craig, where she continues to write. You can contact Sandra via the Letters page of this magazine.
Seeing God in His Creation – Meet Sandra Fischer…
Interview by Debbie Porter
FWM: Sandra, I know that you were an English Teacher and also owned a Christian book shop for several years. Now, obviously, you are also a writer. But tell us a little bit about your world. What makes your heart sing?
SANDRA: Small, seemingly insignificant things – the rhythmic sound of surf and the touch of sea foam and sand on bare feet, a well-placed, winning finesse shot off my tennis racket (special because it is a rarity), a child's giggle, the warmth of a hug, raindrops on the skylight, the sound of a daughter's voice over the miles, a husband's smile of encouragement, a two-year old grandchild saying "God made me! Thank you, God." Truly significant things, because they are eternal – God's saving grace, the Holy Spirit, the refreshment of scripture, the fellowship of saints in church and Bible studies, answers to prayer. Most of all my heart sings because I have the "joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart" – Jesus!
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