R used to own a pet Hwamei (Leucodioptron canorus). This Hwamei sang beautifully, and often sang while R delivering messages. R named this bird Great Singer (Myeong Ga Su)[i], because of its heavenly voice.
There were many stories between Great Singer and R, but because of the restrictions of animal quarantine law of South Korea, Great Singer could not be brought back with R. It was left in the hands of others to be taken care of. Later, it passed away due to old age.
Missing Great Singer greatly, R wanted to find another Hwamei in South Korea. However, South Korea is not one of Hwamei’s habitats, which makes finding the specie even more difficult. After searching all the avian markets in South Korea, R could not find even one.
After R prayed for this for about a month, he got Holy Son’s response: “If you continue to search, I will search with you”. Shortly after, a disciple of R found someone who petted Hwamei in Seoul, and he was willing to give R one of his pet Hawmei.
It was interesting that the person owned two kinds of Hawmei, one could sing beautifully, but the other one could not sing at all. R realized: “Hawmei is a type of bird that can sing beautifully. But Holy Son gives according to one’s situation, not based on what one’s thought.” Therefore, R asked for the mute Hwamei, and kept it at WMD.
Why Hwamei is mute since it’s specie with great ability in singing? And why Holy Son gave R realization to ask for the mute Hwamei?
Hwamei sings loudly. The range of melody is wide and sound is pretty. It can also impersonate the voices of other birds, animals, and insects, which makes it to be one of the most popular pet birds. Generally speaking, it’s in Hwamei’s nature to sing. Losing its voice can be because of sickness or shock. Other reason can be throat’s inability due to sudden change in climate. Although the cause of the new Great Singer’s inability to sing previously is unknown, the most probable cause is shock.
To a Hwamei, shocks that cause it to mute can be from either life-threatening situation, or low self-confidence from competition. When a Hwamei with similar abilities are singing together, that friendly competition can have a compounded effect; hence each bird will improve its ability to sing. However, if two Hwamei with too steep difference in skill sing together suddenly, the shock of result can be too great so that the losing Hwamei may never sing again.
The R appointed caretaker’s effort, and the spiritual purity of WMD must have calmed the once-muted Hwamei, so its lost singing nature can be rediscovered, and starts to sing again. R let the new Hwamei hears the recording of Great Singer gives it a chance to learn how to sing without the pressure of a face to face confrontation.
This is not a story only about the change of a mute Hwamei. Many members in Providence rediscover God-given nature that was suppressed by the world. What was not valued now is shine like sparkling gold.
God nurtures us with sweet, deep words and love; heals us from all the negative thoughts. He gives us a visible yardstick to study and impersonate, to practice and grow based on his life and actions. After read about the story of the mute Hwamei, we have realized: that’s our story. We gave all our thanks to God.