Nature’s Call: Hummers

The hummingbirds are taking over! The hummingbirds seemed to get a late start this year. Typically they are all a flitter in March or April but they postponed their arrival until June this year. Many friends were even posting on Facebook asking where these little ones were. Nobody knew. But they are here now and my sugar budget has been busted!

One quiet morning I stood motionless about 3 feet away from our hummingbird feeders just watching. They are fascinating. These creatures that weigh less than a nickel can consume up to double their body weight of nectar in one day. I was intrigued by the different hummingbird personalities. Some were quite aggressive and would dive bomb or even poke approaching hummingbirds. Others were protective as they sat in wait for the next approaching bird. As they watched for incoming birds, their heads constantly looked in all directions waiting for the next encroachment. A few hummingbirds were such gluttons that they just sat and drank and drank until another impatient bird forced them off the perch.

As I researched these interesting creatures I discovered that a group of hummingbirds have a variety of names. They may be referred to as a hover, a glittering, a bouquet, a shimmer or a tune. Being a musician of sorts, I prefer the last name. As I contemplated the different group names I wondered if some of these hummingbirds took on their designated group personae. For instance, the “hovers” could be the ones so busy protecting the nectar that they never get to partake. What about the “bouquets”? They not only drink the nectar, but then they immediately go visit the flowers and do their part to make sure the blooming continues. Then there are the “tunes” which travel with such speed that they leave a high pitched element behind to enjoy or to some, irritate.

What groups do we belong to? Are we the workaholics that never enjoy anything else in life exclusive of our jobs? Do we have membership in social clubs where we spend our time perched listening to the latest gossip, oblivious to those around us? Maybe we’re regular church attendees going to church regularly waiting to get fed by the preacher and then go about our business the rest of the week?

I think we should take a cue from our friends the hummingbirds. We can be members of the “glitter” group who sparkle and delight others around us. We find in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 the call to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We could join the “shimmers” who move with quickness and calibration spreading the word of God. Romans 10:15 states “How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things?” How about joining the “bouquet” leaving a room better than we found it….always leaving a sweet aroma that uplifts others? In 2 Corinthians 2:16 the Bible says, “For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are persisting.” And of course, there’s always the “tune”…..the group that is humming songs about Jesus, singing to the top of our voices from the choir or congregation until others stop and notice. James 5:13 gives us this: “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”

So, what is your group? Where do you fit in? Wherever it is, make sure you do everything giving God the glory for He is the master Creator of all good things. That alone should cause a joyful humming in our heart.

Published by Kathy Burnham Howington

I'm a retired educator after 28 years working with students that have exceptional needs and working as a school and district level administrator. I am married with 3 grown children plus 2 bonus children. In total we have 7 grandchildren. My most fervent prayer is that of our children and grandchildren will embrace Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

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