Stillness and the HummingbirdLast summer we bought a hummingbird feeder and set it up in the backyard next to our deck. I love watching those tiny, little birds come close to feed. Have you ever noticed how fast they’re moving to appear still?

They would come visit on beautiful, summer days floating as if they didn’t have a care in the world. Meanwhile, their itsy bitsy wings were flapping eighty times per second to stay in that position. The metabolism of a hummingbird is said to be ten times that of an elephant. They expend energy all day long.

But here’s the thing: hummingbirds are smart. They remember where they’ve been and continue coming back to where they know food exists.

Now, here’s the thing about too many Christians: We move constantly all day long and work overtime not only physically, but mentally. We worry over issues we cannot control and often forget about the only One who has power to feed us.

All too often we forget to go to the word for our food. Unlike the hummingbird, our memory betrays us and we become caught up in the busy of the day rather than remember where to go to fill our souls.

Stillness is found in the word.

As busy as our days become and as worrisome as life is, we can move through it all as if we are floating still when we choose to remember where our help comes from.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills— from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

-Psalm 121:1-2

May we all have the stamina of a hummingbird, to keep moving through every obstacle we face, and may we never forget where our help comes from.

Happy Saturday, friend.



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