A funny thing I found out is that even animals speak another language in different countries.
For instance, the sound of a dog to me is “woof woof” or “bark bark”. But for Moldovans, the sound is “hum hum”. I was also taught in America to make a “Cock-a-doodle-doo” sound for a rooster, but kids in Moldova are taught to say, “Kukeleku”.
I distinctly remember my first visit to a Moldovan village and enjoying the sound of the roosters. In the house I grew up in California, I did not live around roosters, and it was a rare occasion that I would hear one crow. On the contrary, as I walked through the village there were so many new sounds, views, and smells in this new environment for me. And in that moment, I basked in God’s goodness for bringing me to this mysterious place I knew so little about, but instantly had a heartbeat for.
When I was back in America during the year of preparing to move to Moldova, I remember having a huge desire to be in Moldova and every time I heard a rooster crow, which began occurring more often than before, I would think about Moldova and believed that God would make a way for me to come back. And look, He totally did! God provided in so many unexpected ways that I could never have imagined.
Now to this day, every time I hear a rooster crow it reminds me of how God called me to Moldova and that I am here with a purpose. There are moments and days that are challenging like crazy, but at the end of the day I know God is with me, He is my strength, and I know this is the place He has called me to be…and it’s all worth it!
When I hear a “Cock-a-doodle-doo”, or as Moldovan’s would say, a “Kukelku”, it’s a reminder of God’s promise to me saying, “I’m with you always.” I am thankful to be reminded of this often since I hear the sound of roosters much in Moldova.
Roosters were also a reminder for Jesus’ disciple Peter who denied Jesus three times. He probably continued to hear roosters all the time in the place he lived and wherever he traveled. I can only imagine that this may have been a constant reminder for him of the grace of Jesus, to not hold back, nor be ashamed of the Gospel.
Also, I just finished reading a book by Corrie Ten Boom called, The End Battle, where I found another example of how God provided the chirping of a bird to remind Corrie of God’s love. She shared in this book about a time when she was in Ravensburg Consentration Camp. Here’s the story in her own words:
“We had to stand every day for two or three hours for roll call, often in the icy cold wind. That was something terrible. Once a woman guard used these hours to demonstrate her cruelty. I could hardly bear to see and hear what happened in front of me. Suddenly a skylark started to sing high in the sky. We all looked up, and when I looked to the sky and listened to its song, I looked and still higher and thought of Psalm 103:11: ‘For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him’ (RSV). Suddenly, I saw that this love of God was a greater reality than the cruelty that I experienced myself and saw around me. ‘Oh, the love of God, how deep and great, far deeper than man’s deepest hate.’ God sent that skylark every day for three weeks, just as the time of roll call, to give us an opportunity to turn away our eyes from the cruelty of men to the ocean of God’s love.” (pg. 59)
God created all things, and we can actually notice Him in our everyday lives; just like a simple rooster is now a reminder for me. God provides so many blessings in everyday life through his creation, people, and even through the challenges.
I want to notice God more in the little things of life!
Let’s take notice of God throughout the day in His creation, through the people we encounter, in each blessing, and also in our challenges.
What are some things that God uses to speak to you?