April and May

April and May

In April and May, I look for the hummingbirds. Their visit has significant and special meaning to me.

April and May

Seven years ago, I was  four months into my chemotherapy and my Oncologist suggested I sit outside to get some late afternoon vitamin D. Along came a beautiful hummingbird and then his mate a couple of minutes later. They fluttered around the aloe plants and obtained the nectar from the aloe bloom.  Now, we had lived at that house 14 years and I had worked in the yard at all times of the day and I had never seen a hummingbird, much less a pair of hummingbirds.  Then, I remembered a verse in the Bible about God taking care of the birds of the air.

Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

“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?”

Renewal of My Spirit

I sat in silence once again but it was a good silence.  The kind of silence and time with God that renews your soul.  I knew God had my back in all of this.  I knew God was in control.  I went inside and began to review notes in my devotional book.  I read the notes from the Sunday that I was in the hospital, March 15, 2009.  In those notes was a phrase…“I know God remembers me.”  If fact, that phrase is listed 73 times in the Bible in reference to God taking care of us.  Then,  I listened to my favorite praise and worship song, “He Knows My Name” by Tommy Walker. Here are the words to the first verse/chorus:

I have a maker

He formed my heart,

before even time began

My life was in His hands

He knows my name

He knows my every thought,

He sees each tear that falls

and hears me when I call


He, my God, remembered me all along.  I just needed to go to the source of strength. My spirit had been renewed by some quiet time with God and the hummingbird visit.  I only saw them one more time after that day and haven’t seen them since.

I will look for them again this April and May. What is your favorite part of these months?

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Be Blessed.

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  1. I’ve never been lucky enough to see a hummingbird. What a lovely sight you saw that day in the garden. I hope you see more this May.

    1. Yes, they are amazing creatures. I could watch for hours but they only stay a few minutes. So fascinating.

  2. My grandmother spent years building her flower garden up with natural, local plants that attract hummingbirds. I’ve kept it maintained in her honor. I think watching those hummingbirds reminds me of her more than any single other thing.

  3. I recently found out I was stage 3c malignant melanoma, I have since had 2 cancer surgeries, and under going treatments. I am cancer free. I am a Minister’s wife and believe that God had His hand upon me and the surgeons ,that He guided their hands. I have to have 3 years of treatments but am Grateful to be here. I would love to keep in touch with you. http://www.aspoonfulofsugarandalittlespice.com

  4. Have you ever seen “the curious case of benjamin button”? It’s such a beautiful movie. There’s a scene at the end when a lady is in the hospital and she sees a hummingbird through the window in a storm. This reminded me of that <3

  5. Hummingbirds are beautiful and they always seem to come in pairs, don’t they? I love that they visited you during that faithful day and gave you hope to fight. You are such a strong woman and I admire you for that.

  6. That is a every spiritual post. I’m sad that you never encountered a hummingbird again but I understand how you perceived it. Your words are beautiful and although I may not fully grasp how it is to be in your situation, all I know is that I wish you all the best.

  7. I love watching the birds, but I’ve never seen a hummingbird up close. I wish you the best and I am sending prayers your way.

  8. “I just had to go to the source of strength.” Powerful statement. One that I certainly need to remember. In the middle of crisis it’s hard to remember just where we get our strength. The Bible says to run to our “High Tower.”

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