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CAROLINA WREN…is a very small bird with a very strong voice! This shy bird can be hard to see, but it delivers an amazing number of decibels for its size. It is best described as teakettle-teakettle-teakettle or germany. The entire song usually lasts less than two seconds. Each male has a repertoire of up to several dozen different variations. He’ll sing one of these about 15 times before changing his tune. I say he, because only the males sing. Here, have a look and a listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuKFi_5uTXc


Each morning at daybreak I hear this melodious sound outside my window. Maybe you hear the same cheerful bird call in your neighborhood. At first I assumed it was a sparrow based on its size. But they don’t sing like this. So, when outside, mainly in the evening, I started observing them more closely. Yesterday, one hopped nervously onto the back porch, probably looking for insects. Having gotten a close look, I called my bird watching friend, Katina. She shared that the Trinity River Audubon Center lists the Carolina Wren as a frequent visitor to this area. 


I carefully checked out their sounds on the internet and my Bird Song book. It all pointed to the Wren. This weekend, as I sat outside taking in, even applauding, the beautiful sounds, I was fascinated by a duel purpose to the bird’s call. While he was busy communicating to his mate and/or his enemies, I was being treated to joyful and pleasing sounds. During my research I learned that the varied reasons for his calls are primarily for mating or warding off intruders to his territory. Do any of you men relate to that?


As I pondered the dual results of their songs to the bird world and to us as humans, I sensed a similarity with faith. When I shared my thoughts with Joanne, she immediately went to our relationship with God. While faith is a gift of grace for our walk here on Earth, it is a witness to others and it pleases God. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6). The Wren has been given a gift of song for his livelihood but at the same time it is a glorious witness to us as hearers. His song points us to our Creator’s glory.


Our walk of faith is designed to carry us through the joys and sorrows of life. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (II Cor. 5:7). Paul, in his letter to the Thessalonians, commended them for their faith. “…remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father” (I Thes. 1:3). Their faith was both a witness to Paul and his counterparts, plus the rest of the young Christian world at that time. But we also see that it was done in the sight of God. Paul pointed out that the Lord was pleased with their faith.


Can you see the parallel with the Wren’s song? While he is going about his business, using the tools God has granted him, he is simultaneously witnessing to us humans that there is a God who does beautiful things. David expresses it so well. “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple” (Psa. 27:4). David knew that since his God had created such a beautiful universe, then he wanted to behold Him firsthand for eternity.


I have to ask each of us; is our faith as strong a witness to God’s glory as a Carolina Wren’s beautiful songs? If not, we need to clear our throats, shake our feathers and start making a joyful sound Psalm 100- every day. And the next time you hear the Wren’s song, pause for the full effect–tell him how much you enjoyed it–and maybe even applaud–for by doing so, you just might be pleasing God as much as the Wren is!


Copyright 2014

Bill C. Dotson



Scripture taken from the New King James Version

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