“God…generously gives us everything for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 6:17
Growing up, our living room and dining room décor comprised nothing but bird prints. Not a landscape to be seen. My maternal grandmother, who passed away long before I was born, was a connoisseur of these particular bird prints by English artist and ornithologist John Gould (1804-1881).
I have been surrounded by Gould’s prints my entire life because of my grandmother’s fascination and admiration for art and birds, more specifically, hummingbirds. In my mind’s eye, from a very young age, birds were flying, living art.
Over the years, with the fostering of this joy by my mother, fascination with these tiny flying gems continues in my life. I simply cannot get enough of our local Ruby-throated hummingbird! Tiny birds, massive personalities!
As I watch them from our kitchen window, I often get lost in their world. (Note: Don’t be peeling anything with a knife when you are bird-watching.) Sometimes they mesmerize me, sometimes they frustrate me. Just when I say to someone… “Look, there he is!”, he decides to flit off or aggressively chase off other hummers, even if they are his own family members! “Share, would ya!” They can behave like naughty little children; but the kind of naughty you just have to laugh at!
While my family may think I’m a little obsessed with “my hummers” that doesn’t stop them from smiling at their feisty little antics. And between you and me, I think this love for them has been passed down to yet another generation. What a gift! (I bet that makes my Grandmother smile in heaven!)
Like anything in life that is worth propagating, keeping the birds around takes some diligence. Not only do I have purposeful plantings that attract them, but new nectar has to be made every few days and the feeders need to be carefully scoured. After a few short days the nectar actually spoils and can tick off my little friends. (Thankfully it only takes boiling water and sugar to make. If it wasn’t easy I might have to re-think my hobby and consider ant farming. Oh my gosh, not really!)
Is all the work worth it? You bet! When you value something…you work at it and often a beautiful passion ensues. As believers, how do we keep our “nectar” fresh and our scent sweet? Being in the Word of God and praying for His will to be done in our lives is a good place to start. But we must build this into our daily lives so that a strong wind doesn’t just blow our scent away.
This week consider your fragrance. Showing others the love of Christ is the very best scent there is!
How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24
“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?” Matthew 6:26
“I know every bird of the mountains, And everything that moves in the field is Mine.” Psalm 50:11
When God pushes you to the edge, trust Him fully, because only two things can happen. Either He will catch you when you fall or He will teach you how to fly.” Unknown
“It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.” Tolkien
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