a story from a book written in 1875 by a man named Robert Boyd.
called the "Trials and Triumphs of Faith." It's put me
in tears, more than once.
A minister tells us that he was spending several days in one of
cities. He put up at a hotel, and one morning he heard, while up
room, the most wonderful whistling he had ever listened to. It
the note of a bird, but he thought it could not be that, for there
perfectly regular tune kept up with much power. Though he was in
story, yet the music came gushing up in its sweet melody, and
seemed to fill
the whole house. He ran downstairs to get a sight of the wonderful
performer, looking every man that he met in the face. At last, he
clerk who it was that had such amazing power as a whistler.
Laughing at his
simplicity he pointed him to a canary bird that had been trained
in this way, and was valued at $150.
"How was that bird trained to sing this way?" the
gentleman enquired. In
reply the clerk told him that during the training process the bird
starved and shut up in a room that is almost dark. While it is
severe discipline, and its attention undivided, a bird organ is
made to play
this one tune over and over again, for days. Hearing nothing else,
taught by his troubles, the poor little bird takes up the tune,
performs so perfectly.
Thus it is that God permits his people to be afflicted that they
the heavenly song. He shuts them up in the dark room of sorrow,
the tempting sights and sounds of the world, that they may,
distraction, listen to his voice and learn to sing the higher
glory. Blessed are those who patiently wait the Lord's good time
to work out
their deliverance. When the song of Grace is fully learned, he
into a large place, sets their feet upon a rock, and others learn
the sweet song of redeeming love.