Friday, July 22, 2011

Amphibious Chorus

Summertime in the heart of the Central Illinois country side is hardly anything but quiet. Come turn off at the corner of South and Tabor and you won't hear  traffic sounds, except for an occasional crop duster buzzing amazingly too close for comfort above our house, but it is noisy!

We have crickets and frogs and birds. Oh my! It sounds like a virtual jungle here, but just wait until evening! That’s when the concert really begins.

Maybe I should sell tickets for the event.  It's actually quite pretty.  I've been known to make long distance calls to friends then hold out the receiver just so they can take in the magnificence of it all.  Really.

"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."

It's very sad when nature does what our mouths were created to do.  We are told:

"Praise the LORD.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens. 
Praise him for his acts of power; 
praise him for his surpassing greatness. 
Praise him with the sounding
of the trumpet, 
praise him with the harp and lyre, 
praise him with timbrel and dancing, 
praise him with the strings and pipe, 
praise him with the clash of cymbals, 
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath
praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD."
Psalm 150 (NIV)

We should be noisier than my frog, cricket, and bird chorus that sings in my Tabor yard.  We have much more to be praising God for than these insects and amphibians do.  We have life everlasting.  That cricket has life only until I see him under my foot!  Everything that has breath, let it praise the Lord - that means us - but if we don't do it - others will take our place -- the rocks, the fields, the trees...  Today, I choose -- I CHOOSE to praise the Lord! 

P.S.  If you want to hear my 
insect/amphibious chorus, 
I'll gladly call you anytime:)  No joke!  
It plays every evening.  
Just text me, email me, or leave a 
comment with your 
phone number and I'll let you in on 
the heavenly music!


  1. Oh Laury, I don't know that I'll be able to hear the chorus without thinking of you now. We have cicadas (again!) so it's noisy now, and it's a noise that invades the house too. What a reminder to praise and worship God.

    Thank you! =]

  2. Living with acres of forest and woods surrounding our house, I know exactly what you are talking about...that plus the morning praise chorus of our innumerable feathered beauties makes for a constant reminder to praise the Lord!!
    Thanks, Laury!!

  3. You brought back such wonderful memories of pulling up to my grandparents' fame at dusk and later our place in the country. We have an "ensemble" around our home now, but I sure miss the full-blown choir amid all the blackjacks.
    Praise the Lord!!!
    Love, LOVE your pictures. Great post!

  4. Even amid the city noises I hear the sweet singing of the birds outside my window. Good reminders, Laury, that everything that has breath should praise the Lord--expecially man, whom He has redeemed.

  5. Choosing to praise the Lord with you! Great post! Love you!

  6. Fabulous post, sweet Hally. Love those sounds.

  7. You are blessed to hear all that! I usually hear trains and planes, ocasional helicopter or emergency siren.

    You're right that Hanne's photo would have been perfect for this post! :)

  8. I enjoy a nightly serenade, too, Laury!! One night when we had people over, we actually had to go INSIDE because we'd begun shouting to each other in order to be heard over nature's praise chorus. I LOVE it!

  9. These God concerts are so wonderful--and they are free!
    I totally agree with your statement "It's very sad when nature does what our mouths were created to do." I am ashamed to say I am guilty of not praising God nearly enough. Thanks for the challenging post!
    Pam at

  10. How cool... and a wonderful, noisy reminder to Praise the Lord!! Thanks, Laury. You should record the song and post it on your blog ;)

  11. That chorus is what I miss so much about camping, or living with my grandma out in the country. Sleeping to the sounds of night and waking to the songs of morning--absolutely gorgeous! And to think, we should be joining in with greater energy for our redemption. :) Beautiful!

  12. Hmmmm...I don't know how I would get the chorus recorded. Too much thought for my head right now:)

    I do love living in the country most of the time. Except when it comes to buying gas to drive back and forth. That's the only drawback.

  13. And I thought you had troop of monkeys living in your trees, but nooooo it was a frog choir in your pool. Ohhhhh the memories of THAT escapade. :-)

  14. Laury, this is wonderful. And yes, it brought back memories. Such a creative mind you have. Love you.

  15. I love nature's choir, too....especially in the spring when it's been quiet all winter.



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