God’s Cricket Chorus

chorus of cricketsPsalm 96 says “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth … Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad … Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;  let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

There is something soothing about listening to crickets serenading on a hot summer night.  As I listened, I’d sometimes sit back and reflect on God.  Can you hear the creator in nature’s architecture?

In a Huffington Post article dated November 22, 2013 entitled “Crickets Slowed Down Sound Like Angels Singing”, the Huffington Post said “If there was ever proof that God does indeed speak through small things, bend an ear to the humble cricket.”  A recording artist, Jim Wilson, recorded crickets slowed way down.  It is juxtaposed with the natural beauty of crickets chirping unaltered on a separate recording track.  Interestingly, when the second track is slowed down by using a digital sampler machine, it sounds like an angelic choir.

In an interview with Jim Wilson, Tom Waits commented that “it’s like a sweeping chorus of heaven, and it’s just slowed down.  They did not manipulate the tape at all.”  It is amazing.  Watch the video below.  It is as if we are hearing God’s creatures sing in awe of and in remembrance of who their creator is.

Not just the crickets, but it says all the earth sings His praises (Psalm 148).

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds
kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
young men and women,
old men and children.

Copyright 2013 by Bill Hutzel

Proof that you love someone / Love and Marriage

Batoni_Diana_and_Cupid“The proof that you love someone is not that you have warm affectionate feelings toward them. The proof is in your actions, your words and your sacrifice, your willingness to give the best of yourself and your willingness to get nothing in return.” ~Katherine Walden

CUPIDLove is not always a warm and cushy feeling that we have for the other person.  It is not always the picture of Cupid with his quiver of arrows who shoots you and you fall madly in love with desire. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were always portrayed that way, or as in the song That’s Amore by Dean Martin – “When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, That’s Amore“.

cupid2Rather, at times, it seems Cupid’s arrows seem to pierce our heart and we fall madly out-of-love.  For a shocking number of marriages in America today, “till death do us part” is merely a dream unfulfilled because they fail to embrace God’s Word pertaining to love.  According to a McKinley Irvin study, in America, there is one divorce every 13 seconds. That is 6,646 divorces per day, and 46,523 divorces per week.  That translates to roughly 50 percent of 1st marriages that get divorced; 60% of 2nd marriages that get divorced, and 73% of 3rd marriages that get divorced.  However, when couples prayed together on a daily basis, less than 1% of those couples would end up getting divorced.

I believe that love is a decision that we make.  For a relationship to be a lasting love, each person in a marriage must sacrifice and work together for the sake of love and the relationship, and surrender their wills to God.  Paul Stookie of Peter, Paul and Mary said it so aptly in his “Wedding Song” where he sang “The union of your spirits, here, has caused Him to remain, For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name There is Love, there is Love.”  Click on the link to this song and see if it doesn’t bring tears to your eyes.  For some they will be joyful tears because their love is a lasting love; for others they will be sorrowful tears because their love has slipped away.  Don’t let what God has joined together be torn apart because you fail to give the best of yourself or that you fail to embrace God in your marriage.

PRAYER: God, help us to be patient and kind; help us to not envy or boast, nor be arrogant or rude to one another.  Help us to not insist on our own way, or be irritable or resentful towards each other.  Help us to not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoice in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

Copyright 2013 by Bill Hutzel