My husband gave me a gift today. He showed me something he knew would be fun for me to see: a hummingbird sitting on a wire just outside the bathroom window.
It was a tiny little thing, perched there in perfect balance as the wire moved gently in the breeze under our patio roof. He looked very satisfied with himself as he sat there, glancing around a little lazily (for a hummingbird, anyway).
When I think of a hummingbird, the picture in my mind is not the one I just described. It’s one that involves a lot of swooping and hovering and flashing that red throat at the ladies. As a child, I believed that hummingbirds never rested, but continuously hovered -- even in sleep.
I remember being relieved when told that hummingbirds perch in the trees like other birds. I remember thinking what a sad life it would be to never stop moving, no matter how graceful and beautiful it looked to the world.
We all have to rest a little now and then.
My little hummingbird friend didn’t stay very long. He was soon on his way to defend his territory once again with his swooping dances and high-pitched chatter.
As I watched him go, I thought of God’s desire to give all of his creation rest. I can’t think of anything that doesn't, even plants and soil rest during their seasons. It’s part of God’s original design. Somehow, as He was speaking every living thing into existence, He wove this need into the pattern.
After all, who hasn’t been grateful to read “Come to me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest”? (Matthew 11:28) I don’t think Jesus was talking only of physical weight.
The hummingbird needed rest for his body, and God provided it. But God also provides rest for any kind of weariness, whether physical, mental or spiritual.
Whether we fit into a chair or onto a wire, receiving God’s rest is always the perfect thing to do. So sit and rest a spell, it's part of God's plan.
|Photos by Cindy West McGregor|