- What do you think about when you hear whistling?
- Do you whistle yourself?
- Why is whistling relevant in your relationship with God?
These may not seem very important questions until you realise that God may whistle for you to get your attention!
Some of the old records of the 50s and 60s featured whistling. Roger Whittaker comes to mind who used whistling on his songs, check out Finnish Whistler and before him, Ronnie Ronalde, famous for yodeling and whistling in the 1950s, check out, If I were a blackbird. Up to date, and as a complete contrast, Bruno Mars whistled in his song The Lazy Song and even Rapper Flo Rida, Whistle.
They have whistling marathons and contests, yes really. One Guinness record is held by Jennifer Anavi Davies from Canada 2010 and it lasted 25 hours 30 minutes and 5 seconds. Another record holder is Walker Harnden of Pittsborough who in April 2014 achieved the highest note B# by whistling. And yes, there are even more catagories!!
Whistling has a huge impact on our bodies when we whistle. Here is an extract from the chapter, Fear in my book, Unfrozen about whistling.
“Whistling and singing: Did you know that singing or whistling a happy tune scares away fears? It is a surprising fact but you cannot feel sad and whistle! Probably because whistling is a physical act changing your hormone levels along with your body language.
The next time you feel fear and know it is unwarranted—have a whistle! If, like me, you cannot whistle, try singing instead. The resulting change in your physiology replaces your fear with self-encouragement.”
Perhaps this is why Rodgers and Hammerstein put together the little song, Whenever I feel afraid, I whistle a happy tune, sung by Anna, in the musical, The King and I.
However, if you are like me and can’t whistle, then singing or humming works as well. Or even taking up yodeling? There’s a challenge for you. Alongside overcoming feelings of fear, it also works with feelings of depression and sadness. An incredible person who overcame an anxiety disorder, which even had her bedridden, was Anna Clendening. She sang Hallelujah on America’s Got Talent
In the video broadcast, I tell a story from Kay and John Pratchett, which I think is really romantic, how they use whistling in their relationship.
Another person who is really interested in relationships and His relationship with us is God. Did you know He whistles?
How does God use His whistle?
It is with His call to you. A special sound, which you will recognise, like sheep who recognise the voice of the shepherd. It is the voice of Christ, a soft, melodic pleasurable sound which encompasses his love, mercy and peace. I can’t wait to hear it or feel its vibrations, can you?
Knowing God’s presence in your life is the most wonderful feeling in the world, you know everything is manageable and possible because He gives you the strength and hope to continue. For me the final whistle will be when He calls me home, and it is then the start of a new journey.
I will whistle for them and gather them in,
for I have redeemed them,
and they shall be as many as they were before.
Zechariah 10:8 (ESV)
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