Spring continues to do battle with winter in Big Sky country. Today’s temperature wasn’t too bad – high 30’s to low 40’s – but rain and light snow fell intermittently throughout the day. The Red-winged Blackbird didn’t allow the weather to dampen his spirits, as he took post high in the cattails and commenced to singing. Finding something to eat couldn’t have been an easy task for him today. And as one of the early arrivals in the spring migration, there weren’t too many other blackbirds around to keep him company. Everything seemed to be working against this poor fellow, but he didn’t let them get in the way of rejoicing in song. I think we have a lot to learn from this weather warrior.
Often we overlook the many blessings in our lives, and instead dwell on things that aren’t going our way. Worse yet, many of the things that we allow to bring us down are trivial in nature. But we, who have been given dominion over so much by our Creator, get mired in self-pity and sorrow when we don’t get our way. How much simpler and satisfying it would be if we would just rejoice in what the Lord has done for us, and bring our needs and desires to Him in prayer. He knows what is best for us, and He will take care of our needs in accordance with His plans. We enjoy the largest measure of God’s kindness and spiritual blessings, so let’s take a page from the Red-winged Blackbird’s playbook and rejoice in Him.