I love this time of the year. I am an early riser and enjoy going to my little study on the first floor. It used to be the walk-in closet off a bedroom.
I love having Concert FM accompanying me in the background. Then as 6am approaches the classical music seamlessly and gradually fades away to be replaced by indigenous NZ birds singing. It kinda happens without you noticing...
Outside my window is a kowhai tree in full flower at this time of the year. The blossom is not yellow, it is gold. The NZ tui (bellbird) lives amongst its flowers. Let me tell you - 'bell bird' is a most suitable name!
Once or twice a year, as 6am approaches, I will hear the tui on the radio inside and then there is this delightful resonance with the tui in the kowhai tree outside. It sounds like I am hearing it in stereo...
To me it speaks of the way God guides. The music from within, in my inner and subjective world, needs to resonate with the music from the outside, in that outer and objective world. To enjoy that resonance is one of God's most gracious activities in our lives.
It is a lot like Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire and that classic line: "When I run, I feel God's pleasure". The tui inside him was singing and he was so confident that there was a tui beyond that was singing too. The resonance became compelling for him.
I wonder if it is a bit like "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." Because as we delight ourselves in Him, a transformation in our desires seems to take place - and His desires become our desires (and maybe even vice versa!). The resonance becomes compelling for us.