Lessons from a Hummingbird

Flickr photo by billread

Flickr photo by billread

Every spring, a ruby-throated hummingbird hovers at my patio windows. “Hello! I’m here! Feed me!”

And of course, I do. I take seriously the charge to “have dominion . . . over every living thing that moves upon the earth” (Gen. 1:28). I prepare the nectar for the feeder and set out plants bound to entice the colorful little jewels. Whenever I see one hovering here or darting there, all activity ceases and I watch with motionless fascination as wings fluttering so fast they’re invisible support a feathery fluff no heavier than a cotton ball.

The hummingbird assumes I’m going to feed him, and as he zips from nectar to bloom, he’s not giving me another thought. He’s busy with the doings of his day. Big red feeder, pretty blue buds–oh! what’s that white flower? Time to rest my feet. My back itches. Who’s that good-lookin’ hummer over there? Gotta scratch my head.

Not another thought of the one who fed him. No “thank you.” No “here’s a tip for your efforts.”

Lately, I’ve been so much the same. Today, for instance, I have to go to the bank, cleaners, grocery store and Baskins for MSB’s steel-toed boots. Then I have to write this post for 777 Peppermint Place and several for AuthorCulture, since I’m going to be out of town. I need to critique a manuscript as well as work on two of my own. And I have four–count ’em! Four!–books started that I want to finish before vacation.

I go through my day with never a thought of the One who provides the means to go to the bank, cleaners, grocery store and Baskins–not to mention the funds to use once there. I don’t always remember to thank Him for giving me the talent, desire, and knowledge to write for Peppermint Place and AC and on the manuscripts I’ve begun, or to critique someone else’s work. And I’m sure He would love it if I spent as much time in His book as I do in the other four. But I’m too busy looking at the big red feeder and pretty blue flowers to think of the One who set them out for me.

Perhaps it’s time to slow down a bit and set my priorities.

About Linda W. Yezak

Author/Freelance Editor/Speaker (writing and editing topics).
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5 Responses to Lessons from a Hummingbird

  1. Shaddy says:

    I, too, often forget who runs my show.

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  2. pprmint777 says:

    We have busy days, don’t we? And they go by so much smoother when we remember who’s in charge!

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  3. Sue says:

    A great reminder to be thankful for everything. It’s so easy for us in our busy days to forget Who gave us those days! Thanks for reminding me to take some time to be grateful today!

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  4. K.M. Weiland says:

    If I got a 100-dollar bill for every time I have to give myself a good shake and get my priorities straightened back out, then at least I could cross the monetary necessities off my busy-do list. 😛

    Speaking of hummingbirds, I’m hoping to get some out at the flower “garden” next summer. Haven’t seen one in ages, so that would be fun!

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  5. pprmint777 says:

    Giggle! Yeah, me too–I’d have the house paid off!

    I hope you get tons of hummingbirds next spring. They’re so entertaining and always such a pleasant surprise.

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