SHOUTING IN SHACKLES

Shovel sporting the homemade No Crow collarAs I write this, I can hear the distorted melody of our rooster attempting to crow. It begins with a confidently clear and crisp projection. However, this confidence quickly fades into almost unrecognizable cackle as the “No Crow Collar” does its job. I must admit, this is often hilarious to hear. Shovel has adjusted well to his inhibitory garment. It does not hinder his persistence in attempting to crow but it sure hinders the beauty of it. I often wonder if he thinks this is how the manliest of roosters should truly sound.

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God…Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open and everyone’s chains came loose.” – Acts 16:25-26

Did you catch the first part of the scripture? Yes, the earthquake was a phenomenon. The prison door flying open was unexpected and the chains being loosed was an added bonus. But this action packed thriller of a story wouldn’t have happened without that first part- “praying and singing hymns to God”.

Shackled, flogged and trapped in the sewage portion of the prison, Paul and Silas found a melody, tapped their bound feet, and worshipped their Savior. What a dangerous combination… For the enemy!

Our adversary wants nothing more than to see us lose faith and lose heart when we are seemingly at the end of our rope. When we don’t understand why God doesn’t take away our problem and our pain. When we question why this thing has happened to us.

But what if we decide to thwart the enemy’s plan by praising God in the storm rather than becoming bitter toward Him? Like a rooster crowing in spite of the collar designed to prevent him from doing so, what if sing anyway?

Maybe our deliverance will come through an earthquake like it did with this singing duo. Or maybe it will come through a gentle whisper like it did with Elijah on Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19).

However it comes, get ready. When we praise The Lord even in the midst of our storm, chains are loosed and prisoners are set free!

Blessings!

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