A Prayer for Here

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God has me here for a reason. When the pressure builds and the bottom of my to-do list grows faster than the things I check off from the top of the list, he sends me grace notes to remind me that I am exactly where he needs me.

Magical grace moments when I stand on my back porch in the pre-dawn holding pet food (aka a hummingbird feeder) and tiny wings beat out a drumroll for the splash of orange and pink on the horizon. Soft chirps and scolds accompany the whirring of wings as six or seven hummingbirds jockey for position on my fingers and dip forward to lap up sugar water with almost invisible tongues.

Female Rufous HummingbirdI breathe in the peace and the wonder of the moment, knowing that by offering food to these tiny travelers, I give back to my Creator an infinitesimal fraction of all he has given me. I act as their caretaker as they travel through untold dangers as they migrate thousands of miles—unnoticed and unappreciated by many, but playing a part in the rhythm of life as they pollinate flowers and eat insects in their search for survival.

Likewise, the precious students who will burst upon this campus in just a few days have migrated through untold horrors in their sort lives. May I provide a place of rest and recognition for their value and worth as I share the nectar of God’s love with each student who alights here—just where God wants them.

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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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  • Beautiful! We were just talking about how fast you wrote tonight. I love how you connected this to the hummingbirds as well as your students. Praying with you and for you as you begin your school year. So wish you were HERE in Nashville with us. Blessings friend!
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    • Thank you, sweet friend! I wish I could be two places at once! Enjoy your time in Nashville and keep lifting me up in prayer as I start a new school year!
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  • Beautiful words, friend! God does have you there for a reason, just like He has me where I am for a reason. I don’t know the whole reason but I’m learning to trust the plan!
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    • When the days are hard, the not knowing fully gets even harder–but I try to keep my eyes on his grand scheme–saving his children–and it enables me to do my part.
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  • This is so beautiful. I look up to you and your purpose and am delighting in discovering that it’s what I want to do too (in addition to writing, of course).
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    • Aw, thank you :). You will make a wonderful teacher and you’re already a brilliant writer!
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  • denise

    awesome words.

  • I so so so love your hummingbird photos (and all the gorgeous ones you post on facebook)! Thinking of you this weekend at #FMFRetreat and hoping you’re having a great weekend as well!
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    • 🙂 It’s possible I have a problem with oversharing hummingbird photos…Enjoy your refueling session with all of the dear #fmfparty friends!
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  • Anita,
    so delighted you are feeding hummingbirds. And souls. 🙂 And that you are overwhelmed by your to-do lists. I too believe God has you where He wants you. “For such a time as this.”
    I waxed poetic tonight but loved your word weaving.
    Love,
    Tammy
    (#5 this week)
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  • Anita, I loved this post. The beauty of the sunrise, and the wonder of the hummingbirds landing on your fingers!! Wow! Their hums and the beating of their wings amaze me.

    And this? “May I provide a place of rest and recognition for their value and worth as I share the nectar of God’s love” Oh, this spoke to me. May I be this for all those who cross my path. Especially for my family and my people.
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    • I could spend way too much time with the hummers–they refuel me. But God calls me to watch his children and provide fuel for their journey as well. It’s a beautiful gift.
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  • Oh, Lordy…hummingbirds. For some reason they ATTACK me. I’ve been beak-stabbed in the neck three times. (And this from a guy who has wild rabbits come into the house, and whose snapping turtle has learned to play…weird.)

    You expressed yourself beautifully.

    And I guess even hummers need a ‘here’ in which to take out their frustrations…kind of like bayonet practice.
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    • Ah, you make me laugh, Andrew! You must either look like competition for the food, or they view you as a threat to their fiefdoms ;). The only time my pets get along peacefully (more or less) is during migration when they know they have to settle down at the feeder next to 16 other hummers and get along if they want food. There’s an analogy in that, too ;).

      May you one day have a magical experience with hummers!
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  • What a lovely picture you have created, Anita! And what lovely thoughts – especially at the last blessing on the students. You have a heart for hurting people because of what you have been through yourself.
    I love hummingbirds too! One came up to my husband just on the other side of the window just last week! 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind words, Ruthie :). I like to think of hummingbirds as ‘air dolphins’. I love how they get close and look quizzically at me and chatter away in their own language.
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  • This is a great statement: — When the pressure builds and the bottom of my to-do list grows faster than the things I check off from the top of the list, he sends me grace notes to remind me that I am exactly where he needs me. —- Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics and words with us! Happy Friday to you! (Stopping by from FMF)
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  • Anita, I have a feeling, just like with the hummingbirds, your students will find food for their souls from your hands and heart this school year. xo
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