As I sat down in my meeting place with the Lord, I was finishing up with my study today so wanting to hear something new from God. Suddenly a beautiful “whoo, whoo, whoo” was singing outside of my window. An owl? I thought to myself, ready to look up owls online. Maybe the Holy Spirit wanted me to apply something about owls to my life?
I searched the internet for owl sounds and discovered that this creature was in fact not an owl at all, but a mourning dove. Mourning dove? I pondered how something with such a sad name could make such a beautiful melody? I wanted to remove the “u” to give the bird a new name, morning dove instead, but I unfortunately I am not in charge of naming the animals… I looked up mourning dove in my Bible app and discovered this verse in Scripture.
I chirp like a swallow or a crane;
I moan like a dove.
My eyes grow weak looking upward.
Lord, I am oppressed; support me.
This verse was written during the time of King Hezekiah’s deadly illness. He was not supposed to live at the time it was penned, however God showed great mercy and extended his life by 15 years!
After studying a little bit about this passage of the Bible and the mourning dove, I came to the conclusion that the Lord wants to remind us that there is beauty in our cries to God.
When we have a bad day or life is not going as we expected, many times we can feel as if those feelings and thoughts need to be suppressed. In reality, our Creator knows our hearts and loves us. He desires intimacy with us. Just like I heard those incredible melodies of the mourning dove, our cries to God can be a sweet tune.
Wherever you are today in your walk with Christ, know that you can cry out to Him just as the mourning dove. Even our deepest disappointments, losses, and frustrations can be beautiful songs to Him.