29th November 2017

The Mistlethrush

“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?”
Psalm 8:3-4 (NLT)

When King David was a shepherd boy, he would have spent many nights under the stars protecting his father’s sheep. David believed that God had created the magnificent beauty of the night sky. That belief inspired and encouraged him but it didn’t prevent the discouragement and depression that David often felt. During those times he was thankful that God did care about ‘mere mortals.’ In Psalm Chapter 13, and verses 2 and 5, David says, “How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?…But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.”

God understands us all individually and he knows how to lift our spirits and keep us moving forward. A few years ago I was in a dark place mentally. God moved me forward through the singing of a mistlethrush. I captured that experience by composing the following poem:

It’s hard to stay cheerful when winter’s so grey,
When rain keeps on falling day after day.
It’s hard to keep smiling when the world is so sad.
The wars and the violence. The crime rate so bad.

It’s hard to keep singing when birds make no sound.
Just hungrily pecking at hard, frosty ground.
While deep in the depths of this wintry gloom,
A magical sound seeps into the room.

A mistlethrush, high on his perch, in the tree,
Is piercing the darkness, I feel, just for me.
His beautiful trill, the pitch and the tone,
Is bursting with joy, even though he’s alone.

And as the wind strengthens and tugs at his wings,
He grows more excited and louder he sings.
I smile at the glorious song of that bird,
And wonder if other people have heard.

The thrush cannot know that my spirit has soared,
That my mind has re-focused on God and His word.
And I look past the pain in the world of today,
To the time when God sweeps all anguish away.

When His vast creation, united as one,
Is governed with love, by Jesus, His Son.
And I’m grateful to God for encouraging me,
Through the song of a thrush, on his perch, in the tree.

Thank you, Father, for encouraging us when we struggle. Help us to trust in your unfailing love. In Jesus name.

Study by Diana Hall


About the Author:
Diana Hall attends the Southampton Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Southampton
Tauntons College
Hill Lane
SO15 5RL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Noon
Email: peter_noon@wcg.org.uk