“Caw, Caw, Caw,” was not the sound I wanted to listen to as I snuggled in my bed for a few more minutes before I had to get up for the day. 

My husband came back in the room and shut the bedroom window against the raucous noise filling the upstairs.

I could still faintly hear those loud beaked crows interrupting the sweet sounds that normally fill the air in the morning. We have some big trees around our home and they are filled with birds who sing a sweet melody when the sun rises in the sky. It’s nice to wake up to.

Sometimes, it’s hard to block out annoying, demanding, or painful things that fill our mind during the day. It can be so hard and stressful.

When words are said that hurt or irritate, they can stick in the mind, and it’s easy to go over and over and over what was said.

Or things that happen just in the drive to work, getting cut off, sitting in a traffic jam, or at a light more than once or twice because the driver in front is doing a text, or putting on make-up…

Maybe there’s a project that just can’t seem to get done.

Or there could be someone who no matter what a person does for them, they are just, rude or grumpy.

It could be a physical thing that is hard to overcome, or a battle against an illness that won’t go away, that fill the thoughts and hours of the day.

The last words said or actions taken in a lost relationship.

There are so many loud noises in our world that fill our mind and sink into our hearts.

Just as my husband shut the window on the loud noise of the irritating over large black birds, we can take a moment and shut out all that comes our way.

Philippians 4:8 NKV
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Many years ago, this verse got me through the demands of a very tough job and some relationship problems going on at the same time. I would many times during the day and focus on things that were true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good report and anything praiseworthy.

It helped me get through each day.

Now as I finish writing this blog, the crows have left. The window is open again and in their place is the sweet, “cheep, cheep, cheep,” and whistle of the other birds.


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