A cricket seems to have developed a great fondness for our deck. Every night for a couple of weeks, he has taken his post right outside the deck door and sang his little heart out for hours.
We have had to turn the tv up to top volume to drown him out. I have resisted the primal urge to kill, even though it has been very annoying.
Tonight, however, I discovered another side to him. I was playing music on the piano. And I discovered he was chirping in time to my music.
When I stopped, he waited a few bars before relaunching into his solo part. When I began again, he resumed his harmony with me.
The songs were all praise and worship songs. When I began playing, my goal was simply to drown out our unwanted visitor.
But as I continued, I began transitioning into true worship. It was only then I became aware of my harmonious partner.
Perhaps if we all turned our attention to praising The One Who made us all and paid less attention to what annoys us about each other, we would discover we were created to be one.
We would discover that while we are very different, we can live in harmony.
Praise the Lord, you from the earth, you creatures of the sea and all you depths,
fire, hail, snow, fog, and wind storm that carry out his command,
mountains and every hill, fruit trees and cedars,
living creatures and livestock, insects and flying birds,
earthly kings and all peoples, nobles and all court officials of the earth,
young men and young women alike, along with older people and children.
Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is lifted up; his majesty transcends earth and heaven!