Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly…

Birds fly over the rainbow, why then oh why can’t I?

These words, from the song made popular by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz, were sung to me by my mother when I was a young girl and when I was a new mother anytime I got discouraged or down. No matter what I was dealing with, she knew when to spontaneously start singing, and it always brought even the slightest smile to the situation.

Today I don’t hear my mother’s wonderful voice as often…guess we thought I out grew it, but at times the melody rings throughout my memory just like the days of old. Those memories bring some of the most precious comforts.

Now when the trials, discouragements and the overwhelming feelings invade my days I have learned to listen to an even sweeter voice. I don’t hear it audibly, but I do hear it…it is the voice of my Lord.

Zephaniah 3: 17 says, “The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

His singing can be through a verse of scripture, a beautiful sunset, a child’s giggle or even an actual song being sung by a loved one. I have to admit that learning to hear Him took some time and even now I let the chaos of the world deafen my hearing. I had to focus and learn what His voice sounded like. Just like I know my mother’s voice, I can assuredly learn to hear His voice through how He “sings” to me.

Friend, you might be facing struggles. Maybe your trials carried over from last year and you just can’t find an ounce of rejoicing. I want to encourage you to be still and listen for His singing. Find how He sings to you. It is happening if you are a child of His, you just have to tune your ear to it.

Somewhere over the rainbow Blue birds fly….

As God is singing over me maybe, just maybe I need to start singing over my mom now. Oh it might not be as beautiful as her voice, but I bet she won’t mind.

Listen for God and sing over someone else. That has got to be a win-win in any book!


Cynthia McCutcheon 

A Repost from My Journey of Faith Magazine