I’ve always been fascinated by hummingbirds. They visit flowers and quickly move onto the next, often flying away and returning later to discover where more nectar is hiding. These mini creatures suck from 1,500 flowers and eat approximately 700 insects each day. After my son Ryan died, I would sit on my back porch and they would visit daily, often hovering right in front of my face, looking me right in the eye. I think it is Ryan’s way of saying “hello” to me. I’m in awe of the exquisite and extraordinary lives of these tiny creations. They are a gift from God.
energize for tomorrow
The Blue-throated Mountain-gem’s hummingbird heart beats as fast as 1,260 beats per minute. Compare that to a human’s average heart rate of 60 to 100 beats per minute. Many of us are like the hummingbird—we try to frantically go! Go! Go! We move so fast and try to cover as much ground as possible before we take an opportunity to restore. I’ve hardly seen a hummingbird perch on a branch to rest his wings, but I know that they, like us, must rest their teensy bodies. They must energize for tomorrow.
returning and resting
When hummingbirds make a brief, yet marvelous, appearance in my life, they remind me to pause and remember that I’m a child of God. A Christian servant who is to serve and help others. I remember that my life shouldn’t be all about the go! Go! Go! And the Do! Do! Do! It must be about powering up my wings to do the work God wants me to do. Isaiah 30:15 reads, You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence. This verse reminds me that I must stop and pray and ask for His help in knowing what it is that He wants me to do. I need to restore and reenergize to have the confidence to do His work.
delivered by resting
I love that a flock of hummingbirds is referred to as a glittering, a shimmer, or a tune. God must have known that I needed to be “glittered” with Ryan’s presence and envision the shimmer of heaven’s wonder. Now, when I am blessed by a hummingbird’s visit, I say “Hi” to Ryan and ask God to help me to power up my wings in Jesus’ name. We are small but a mighty people who can do big things. We need to power up, but also remember to restore for tomorrow. In tune with God, we can be delivered by returning and resting. Our strength can lie in quiet confidence.