I feel like the season of spring lasted about 2.5 minutes this year. It’s been warmer than usual, but the jasmine is still blooming and the birds are still singing! So, while it may FEEL more like summer these days, it smells and sounds like spring at my house. And I love it. Something about waking up to hearing those birds tweeting their hearts out just lifts my mood. (And feel a bit like a Disney princess with my own backyard soundtrack of bird songs.)
Research suggests it’s not just me – listening to birds “singing” can lower stress and have positive impacts on our mental health. (To be clear, not all birds have this effect. If the bird outside your window is a woodpecker, you know why.) The research found some bird sounds offered relief from mental fatigue and stress. One of the theories behind this phenomenon? Birdsong, in many instances, is a sign that there are no predators around. It’s a sign of safety.
I love hearing these happy birds chirp and tweet their springtime tunes because it reminds me that I’m safe in the arms of God. He’s taking care of the sparrows, and He’s taking care of me and you, too.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:25-26
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7