Sunday, September 24, 2017

Night Sounds

Sounds in The Night

I rise before dawn for quiet devotions and to ride the River Road. This warm damp fall morning brought the sound of crickets and even cicadas and tree frogs as I rode before the birds were singing. Their songs are for social communications and mating rituals. When we lived in Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains, we heard tree frogs at night. The cacophony of sound from an estimated 23 species was so sonorous that it serenaded us to sleep and covered any other distraction. One of our sons found the sounds awakening instead. I include a wonderful night sound recording to help you sleep tonight.

We now live in a rural area outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin with ponds and forests in the back. During the spring season we have the battle of bullfrogs every night vying for mates. It gets pretty competitive and fun to hear, almost vibrating the windows.

Another beautiful summer night sound is the nighthawk as they soar for bugs and twitter like some sort of New Years Eve celebration twanger. They are cousins of the Whip-Poor-Will that from time to time are in our back wild woods along with fall Woodcock or Timber Doodles, which song is similar to a nighthawk. And then the great horned owls also living in the back woods will send their eerie hooo-hoo-hooo across the lakes. They are night hunters and are communicating their territorial warning calls.

So, why the story of sounds in the night? I find them absolutely mesmerizing and calming. I believe God created these creatures for our fascination as well as to complete part of the animal and insect world to His desire and our enjoyment. I much prefer to keep windows open at night to hear the lullabies of the night than almost anything. To me it is a message from God that all is well in the world. I feel fortunate to be able to live in a place where the city noises of horns, screams, gunshots, and sirens are not the constant body and mind destroying background. It is a sad fact of civilization growth that the quiet and peaceful sounds of the night are disappearing at a rapid and even frightening rate. Soon we will need to travel to far off islands to find a peaceful serenade.

I believe that it is God’s desire for us to find silence, solitude and sanctuary in God’s creation. We are to be at one with God and His creation to experience His beauty and love. Go to the wilderness, the swamps and forests of towering Redwoods to hear His awesome silence. Go to the oceans and here the surf’s roar. Go to God and hear His still voice.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
 the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
 Day after day they pour forth speech;
 night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
 no sound is heard from them.
 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
  their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4).

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