I just love to see hummingbirds. Have you ever watched them hover? I try to see them eat but they are ridiculously fast that my naked eyes can’t see a thing. They truly are amazing little creatures that defy gravity laws. They really should not be able to do what they do namely fly backwards or stay stable in stormy conditions.
Yet, God created them to do so and we can learn so much from these tiny, beautiful birds.
What a wonder!
What a marvel!
What a mighty God we serve to bless us with these tiny beings!
Here’s some lessons we can learn from the hummingbird:
They fly and flutter so quickly by. It reminds me to slow down and make sure I spend time filling my soul up before flying off the handle or fluttering around aimlessly. Find purpose in today and check some things off your to do list.
Small in stature; mighty in flight. These miniature specimens, usually weighing less than a nickel, can fly every which way – forwards, backwards, up, down, and all around. Don’t let someone tell you can’t or you or someone else put perceived limitations on you. Find your strengths and go for it! Did you know the hummingbird can fly up to 30 mph and dive up to speeds of 60 mph? Again, find your strengths and use them to your full potential.
It is also wise to step back every once in awhile to access the situation. The hummingbird does this by hovering backwards.
These little guys are fighters. They have been known to attack other larger birds moving in on their turf. I love that! Stand up for what you know is right! Be a hummingbird and don’t let anyone push you around what you know is true and what you believe in! Stand up for your faith! Be a giant even if like the hummingbird you are housed in a small body.
Hummingbirds are efficient. They remember where they fed before and they conserve energy by how they sleep. What we can learn is to work smarter and relax harder. Make the most of your time. Be a hummingbird.
Be speedy. Sometimes the early bird does get the worm (or nectar for the case of the hummingbird.) We can take this to heart and remember sometimes we need to act quickly when opportunities avail themselves or the old saying: ‘you snooze;you loose’ might be the result.
Hummingbirds need to be constantly eating. So they look at all possibilities for food source. Reminds me how we need to look for new ways to do things or a new perspective. Going with the flow and learning to adapt are not always at the forefront of my mind. How about yours?
And all birds, no matter what kind, can remind us not to worry. “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?“ Matthew 6.25-27
Although there is no direct mention of hummingbirds specifically in the Bible, some use them as a symbol of the resurrection. They sleep so lifeless almost as if they were dead, but in the early morn are back to their active and energetic selves.
There is no mistaking their beauty. Did you know their iridescent colors can be adjusted to shine brighter? We should take the lesson from the hummingbird and let our true colors shine through for all to see.
Then, others will know our sincerity and see us…
Be a hummingbird. Have joy and be playful. Be adaptable but stay calm. Learn to enjoy life fully and be your best.
I am reminded of a song we sung years ago:
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
Want to learn more or see these amazing little critters in flight? Check out these videos:
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