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