Just a Thought – Behold the Hummingbird

Spring is here! So, it’s time to behold the hummingbird. It’s one of God’s most beautiful and remarkable creations, having numerous amazing qualities all packaged in what are the tiniest birds in the world. Just one example is the hummingbird’s distinctive flying capabilities. Its wings will beat up to 70 times per second. They are the only birds that can fly forward and backwards. They can also hover in mid-air, fly sideways, and even upside down. They can fly on average of 25-30 miles per hour, and can dive up to twice that speed.

In order to accomplish these amazing flying feats, the hummingbird’s heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute. Its metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant. 30% of its weight consists of flight muscles. It needs to eat almost continuously while awake, or on average 7 times per hour. It can eat up to 8 times its body weight in a day. To conserve energy, it goes into a hibernation-like state when it sleeps.

The amazing facts go on. However, I’ll stop here to convey this important truth about you: You are like a hummingbird! You are a beautiful and remarkable creation of God with numerous amazing qualities and gifts. And, like the hummingbird, you need constant, proper nourishment to maintain and use the qualities and gifts God blesses you with. While you may not have a problem maintaining and using your physical qualities through regular, proper nutrition, what about your spiritual gifts?

Are you feeding your spirit as often and as well as you’re feeding your body to maintain your numerous, amazing spiritual qualities and gifts? It’s important you do because for you to properly maintain and use your God-given spiritual gifts, you need constant, appropriate nourishment for your soul. That nourishment comes in the form of God’s Word, prayer, and thanksgiving.

As the Scripture says, you need to delight in and meditate on God’s Word both day and night. And you need to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances. As you practice these spiritual disciplines, like the hummingbird, you will perform amazing feats as a disciple of Christ – feats that not only will benefit you but also will benefit all with whom you share the good news of Easter.

So, if your soul is sick and your spirit is failing, then I encourage you to get some much needed, good nourishment by reading and meditating on the Bible, praying to God often every day, and maintaining an attitude of gratitude in all circumstances. If you don’t, while your physical body may survive and even grow, your spiritual body is certain to die! Thus, with Spring here and the signs of new life budding everywhere, I encourage you to remember the hummingbird, feed your soul often, and put your amazing gifts to work for God’s kingdom and glory.

Just a thought . . .