This past weekend, my wife and I visited a beautiful botanical garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. With the camera around my shoulder, we set out to enjoy the overcast day sprinkled with the occasional sunshine peaking through the clouds.
First of all, I am not a photographer by any stretch of the imagination but sometimes, my beginners luck provides some fantastic shots (especially after I crop some unnecessary background images).
We noticed a hummingbird hovering about thirty feet from us. It was so small against the backdrop of the beautiful green landscape and foliage. I had no chance of capturing the bird in-flight unless I pressed the shutter button as fast as I could.
In an instant, it was gone but oh, the picture I captured. Then I thought about our lives and how we live like hummingbirds. What do I mean?
Although the hummingbird flew back to the same bush, it never stayed long enough to enjoy its surroundings (or so I thought).
Have you ever watched the hummingbird’s flight? It is erratic (to the untrained eye) and the movements are quick. The bird mysteriously returns to specific locations only to fly away again as if it was dangerous to hover in one location for too long.
Then I thought about my life and how the years have led me to different locations, situations, and landscapes. While I may remain in one particular location for a while, the environment around me changes on a daily basis. No two days ever have the exact same outcomes.
Do I worry about that? Not particularly, I must admit.
I bounce from each daily situation looking for different outcomes just like the hummingbird flutters to seemingly random targets. Life is an adventure and every day God’s blessings await my discoveries. Many times I become so engrossed in my temporary situation that I cannot see the next path staring at me.
Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever been caught up in your circumstances that your mind refuses to look for other options? Sometimes, this leads to hopelessness.
I believe that when we live our lives like a hummingbird, moving with the trust that God will take care of things, we can have a relaxed mindset about the situations around us.
No, I am not saying that this is how I live my life on a regular basis but when I free my mind and heart of the burdens that have (or will) plague my life, I can become like a hummingbird that lives life without a care while resting in the One who really has it all under control.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matt 6:25-34
I hope you will live your life with courage no matter what you are going through. It is only temporary as that too shall pass if you allow it under God’s grace.
Live freely like the hummingbird!