Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Joyful reminders

There is much joy in this world. Just ask the hummingbirds!

My habit of late is to sit on the steps of the deck as the sun is rising and watch the hummingbirds. Oh yeah, and in the afternoon, I watch them too...

Of course the hummingbirds are swarming around, playing... games of 'tag' and 'chase', chattering to each other...and then I realized....

When I was first aware of the hummingbirds, I could only see them at the feeder, or if they stopped to hover RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY FACE. Then I began to recognize their joyful chattering. When I heard their song, I stopped whatever I was doing, and began to search for them.

Today, I noticed, not only could I see them at the feeder, but could follow their winding flight patterns as they departed the feeder, landing in the trees - and from the trees back to the feeder. Sometimes, I catch a glimpse of them as they are speeding by in mid-air.

Then it hit me: this has been my path with God as well.... Initially, I recognized God's presence only when He was RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY FACE. As I began to recognize His voice, I began to search for Him and noticed His more subtle activity in my life. When I allow myself to be still; to sit and listen for His voice, I catch a glimpse of His presence. Day after day, as sure as the sun rises and the hummingbirds visit my feeder, He is there.

The other thing I love about God and hummingbirds: both fill me with the most unbelievable joy... simple, pure, peaceful joy...

2 comments:

Katie said...

Good blog...I actually needed that reminder today! Glad I found your blog, too! I hope to start one soon but i'll be goofy family stuff i'm sure

kwr221 said...

Yay! You're blogging. :-)

I must have about 7 or 8 hummingbird feeders, but not a lot of activity. :-(

We were up at our family cabin in the Adirondacks last weekend, and there was a TON of hummingbird activity in front of the screened porch - just beautiful!