Let’s lighten things up…
Okay, so if you decide to put out a hummingbird feeder, you have just adopted a new pet. It’s not just a one-time thing! They REMEMBER you and WILL return daily and more than likely, every year! If you don’t keep the feeder filled…. well, that’s just not nice. It would be similar to me placing a box of donuts on a table – and the box is empty!! You would want to go look in the box every time you walk by just to see if something magically has appeared. That would be just awful to do to someone, right??
Here’s the thing – hummingbirds are one of my favorite fascinations. Did you know that they are the only bird that can fly in REVERSE!? I love watching them come feed on flower nectar (provided by Him) and the sugary water (provided by me) that is fresh and ready for them each day they choose to show up. Side note: there is a product called Feeder Fresh that extends the freshness of the water for up to one or two weeks.
Hummingbirds can fly up to 60mph!!! They flap their wings 100 times per SECOND! Sometimes I think I see one whiz by and then realize it was just a “floater” in my eye. Doh!
And as most people know, they are attracted to red (and orange) – the feeders usually have these colors on them so you don’t really need to add red food coloring to attract them. Hummingbirds will go explore ANYTHING that is red. I learned this the hard way when I put a pretty red potted plant on my porch – in front of a large window – 😦 He didn’t notice the glass and flew right into it. 😦
Enough already about these birds, right!? Nope. Last spring when I was settling into my early morning quiet time – watching these little guys – I realized something… hummingbirds must feed and feed and feed on nectar to fatten up for their journey – usually as far as Mexico and even further! They need to be plump with nectar to sustain them as they prepare for travel to their destination when the days here start to get cooler.
It dawned on me that morning that we are like these hummingbirds – as far as prepping for travel. Only, our nectar is truth and wisdom and filling up on biblical knowledge to prepare us and sustain us for the trip to our destination. THE destination of ALL destinations. Right? You wouldn’t just pack a bag to go on a trip and not research where you were going? Hopefully you would want to know what the necessary essentials are to take with you so you will be more than prepared for your trip.
I would suggest that you make sure you make time for quiet time. For me, that’s when I learn all the good stuff… like what to pack.
Be still and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10 NIV