Before I sat down she informed me that she had gotten rid of “the birds.” She was pleased, and I was interested to hear how she had accomplished the feat. After her husband died, she had faced many issues as she adjusted to life without him. One issue she had not anticipated was the arrival of hundreds of grackles in the trees surrounding her home.
She had considered having her son, who is an avid hunter, come over and hone his marksmanship with a pellet gun. She thought better of doing so. Neighbors may have not appreciated the shots fired. She tried fake snakes and owls. She researched on the internet and ordered items she eventually returned. Nothing worked. The birds spent every evening in her trees, serenading her well into the night. They were “driving her crazy.”
“Apparently they don’t like classical Christian music,” she quipped.
I settled into my designated seat and smiled. This was going to be good. She is not only a good story teller but an extremely funny person. She misses her husband but still enjoys life. She had purchased a couple of CDs of classical Christian music and given them to a friend whom she thought would enjoy them. Her investment was only 50 cents at the Etc. Shop. As it turned out, the music was not appealing to her friend. She gave the CDs back.
“I agreed. It wasn’t very good. Just two guys banging on pianos.”
I laughed out loud. Few people in their 80’s have a problem expressing how they really feel. I love it! She went on to explain how she played the CDs on her front porch at full volume several evenings in a row. The birds stopped by, but they did not stay. Eventually, they quit stopping by. Now they were someone else’s problem. She had resisted the urge to mount a speaker in the back of a truck and drive around the neighborhood in order to harass all the grackles out of her side of town.
The next time you are frustrated with the world’s solutions that do not work, praise the Lord for His goodness. As you praise the Lord in the midst of your problems, He will show up to comfort your soul and fight your battles. You don’t have to yell His praise, but you do need to declare it.
Psalm 103, Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Standing Against the Devil” Ephesians 6:10-20
- LifeGroup Attendance on November 24 – 633
- The Church Office and Family Life Center will be closed for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 27~~Thursday, November 28~~Friday, November 29
- Next Wednesdays Evening Meal at 5:00 p.m. Meatball Sub Sandwich