By Dawn Green
Sitting here waiting on my sister to come to get me for an appointment, I’m watching bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds going from flower to flower. One hummingbird is smaller than the others, maybe a younger bird, maybe a different kind of hummingbird. He doesn’t know he’s different, he just goes about his business. He or she gathers and gathers and then flies to the crepe myrtle to rest a while.
My mind is kind of like that little bird. It goes from one thing to another, sometimes I get work accomplished, sometimes flitting around gets me distracted so the desired task doesn’t get completed. Maybe the difference between me and that tiny bird is he has one goal, food for survival, rest a little, then go gather again.
I wonder, too, as I watch, is that the hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies all feed off the same flowers. Do they know to leave a little for someone else? Not like the human characteristic to get it all for me. Also, do the plants produce more nectar because the little creatures come back day after day. Of course, there are eventually new flowers during the growing season. But some flowers remain on the bushes for several days. I’m no botanist, however, it all works, I’m amazed at the complexity of God’s creation. How these tiny creatures know all that they know.
As cute as they are, they are also fierce fighters among themselves, like tiny fighter jets, attacking each other over the bird feeder. But it doesn’t seem like they ever mortally wound one another, just warn and scold and fuss at each other. One little bird has found a place beneath the feeder where he can watch his food source and defend it, perched upon the halo of a garden angel. Another is camouflaged in a nearby tree, where he is the same size, shape, and color of the leaves. He’ll wait and watch and then dive bomb the watching hummer.
I wouldn’t have gotten the pleasure of watching these amazing creatures if the Father hadn’t sat me down for a while, healing from pacemaker surgery. The goal here is to heal and rest a while. I wish it didn’t take something like this to slow me down to see God at work. My friends and family have been generous and thoughtful to do my gathering for me. And I’m grateful that the Father also brought these sweet people into my life. He also helped me be settled and see that he is all around me, walking with me in this growing season. Not to be too sappy, but can’t we be the sweet nectar in the life of another? Serving, caring, providing, and protecting, Just as the Lord has done for us and will continue to do.
He promised, “I’ll never leave you or forsake you”. He’s definitely all around me.