Learning From the Hummingbirds


Maybe I AM Obsessed with Hummingbirds

I’m not obsessed with hummingbirds. Really. Ok, maybe my friends and family have reached the limit on what they want to hear and see about these delightful creatures. I may have bored a perfect stranger in the WalMart bird food aisle, too.

This blog is primarily about being a caregiver, and sharing the miracles God has brought into our lives. Part of recovering from my caregiver journey includes a foray into photography and a burgeoning fascinating with birds (some might call it an obsession).

But something about birds and the way the Creator carefully crafted them feather by feather in a startling array of beauty and precision engineering causes me to reach the same conclusion over and over again: God cares for ME. I have no need to be afraid.

After all, that’s what Jesus tells us. He assures us that not one sparrow (one of the plainest of all the birds) will fall to the ground outside the Father’s care (Matthew 10:28-30).


The Miracle of Migration

Just consider the miracle of migration. Our Creator hardwired birds to travel thousands of miles each year. Along the way, birds arrive at just the right time to harvest just the right fruits or pollinate just the right flowers or eat the insects that only show up at THAT time.

I know God cares about my comings and my goings and he’ll be with me in each journey I undertake.

Consider the miracle of a hummingbird’s flight. It maneuvers up, down, sideways and even upside down—skills necessary to pollinate flowers and collect nectar.

If God calls me do what seems impossible, he’ll give me the necessary skills to accomplish the task.

Consider the blinding beauty of a hummingbird’s gorget. The tiny birds can manipulate the iridescent feathers to attract or frighten—functional yet beautiful.

God loves beauty and wants us to consider his creation—I’ve always found this a balm for my weary soul.

Consider the perfect package of failsafe engineering in hummingbirds. The tail feathers seem absolutely essential to the flight of a hummingbird. Believe it or not, they molt their tail feathers—and they can still fly!

hummers-3When I feel as if I’ve reached the end of my rope, I know God is still with me.

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If you’d like to see the hummingbirds in action, here’s a short video I took of them this morning before dawn (I shone a shop light on them so I could see them).

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Hello! What a beautiful post!

    Yes, indeed! God knows when a single sparrow falls. How much more must He care for those of us who are created in His image and after the similitude of His likeness!

    I live in southwest Missouri right on the edge of the tall-grass prairie and work part-time at Prairie State Park. I never get tired of observing, and never lose the wonder of, God’s intricately designed creation. Whether it be something as small as the amazing little hummingbird or as large as the huge and shaggy bison, every detail amazes and mesmerizes me!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Your Neighbor From FMF,
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    • Howdy, neighbor! I’ve often thought that at some point, I just want to work in a national or state park :)–lucky you! Thank you for stopping by.

  • This was beautiful! I have 2 humming birds who return yearly to my Trumpeter Vines! I can see them each day in the cool of the late afternoon, the mesmerize me.
    I loved how you wove them into how God cares for us. I also love that I found your blog, I will be following. I am a new Cancer Caregiver, though caregiver is what I’ve always been. My husband was diagnosed just under a year ago, and is doing well. But oh the ups and downs. You are the second blog where I’ve found a fellow CC … and I must thank God and give Him the glory, because I’ve come to the place where I need feed back and encouragement from those who truly understand. Thank you.
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    • I’m so glad you found us, and even more glad that your husband is doing well. Cancer caregiving (and any caregiving, for that matter) is such a wild ride with so many emotional ups and downs. May God continue to be with you on your journey. The one thing I learned throughout is that no matter what looms ahead, I know I have not need to be afraid. God WILL help me through.

  • What a lovely post! I adore hummers, too. And your pics are amazing. I’ve only seen hummingbirds other than the ruby throat once because we live in Georgia. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of God’s spectacular care of us. Stopping by from FMF.
    Leah Adams recently posted…Five Minute Friday ~ ReachMy Profile

    • Thanks for stopping by, Leah! I can’t believe I just now saw your comment. I’ve only seen Ruby-throated hummers three times–and they were too fast for me to get very good photos. I feel pretty lucky that so many different ones come to my feeder–and lucky that I can drive six hours and see a whole host of new ones down in southern Arizona :).
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  • I’m amazed at the photos, especially the large close up one. Wow. Hummingbirds truly are beautiful and amazing.

    And this, “If God calls me do what seems impossible, he’ll give me the necessary skills to accomplish the task.” – AMEN!
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  • This brought back some memories. I used to watch hummingbirds with my grandmother the last few years of her life. Oh, how she loved them! And I’m so grateful for those memories. I love this personal twist on your post, Anita. It lets me see what brings you enjoyment.

    And this! “If God calls me do what seems impossible, he’ll give me the necessary skills to accomplish the task.” – I am learning this. Seems crazy after so long to finally understand, but better late than never, right? 😉
    Jennifer Frisbie recently posted…Five Minute Friday – ReachMy Profile

    • Aw, that’s so cool that your grandmother loved them! What a beautiful memory to have of her. Thanks for stopping by!

  • I love this post, and the pictures, and the video! The video is so neat. I have never seen so many birds on one feeder–I can practically see the nectar line lower! 😉
    Laura Melchor recently posted…Why I Don’t Like Stuck in LoveMy Profile

    • Crazy, isn’t it? I filmed for 12 minutes, but didn’t think anyone but me would want to watch that many minutes. Once they migrate, I’ll have to pull it up and watch it over and over ;).

  • Beautiful post! I love your words and your photos! Amazing! Hummingbirds are beautiful creatures. You did a beautiful way of capturing God’s amazing creation and care through them and your post. Thank you for sharing God’s truth!
    Julie Lefebure recently posted…Five Minute Friday – ReachMy Profile

    • Thank you, Julie :). I love observing God’s creation, and I love it even more when the nature is so close-up and photogenic ;).
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  • Anita- Wow! This is such a great post. Hummingbirds have always amazed me and your words gave me even more appreciation. And LOVED the pics and video. Great post!
    Karen Brown recently posted…WhisperMy Profile

    • Thanks, Karen :). I love these little creatures–and I’m sure God had a blast creating them! Thanks for stopping by!

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