I sat there watching quietly as they zoomed in and out among the red Bee Balm, and purple Echinacea. They were moving at such a high rate of speed that only the faster shutter speed of my camera lens was able to slow them down. I always hear before seeing them, as the constant beating of their wings produces a low humming sound, a sound that never fails to envelope me in a strange and peaceful tranquility.
Last week’s rain finally brought a welcoming sigh of relief from the overwhelming heat, allowing me the perfect opportunity to sit outside in my flower garden and view my beloved hummingbirds. As I sat there watching one hummingbird after another visit the feeders and partake of the sugar water mixture, I marveled at how tiny they were.
I couldn’t help but wonder about the miniature birds and ponder what their purpose for existence might be. Why would God make a creature that spends its entire day searching for food, living just hours away from certain death unless their required daily nourishment has been met?
Their seemingly insignificance shouldn’t weigh so heavily on me, but it makes me think of my own significance, one that has such a tendency to overwhelm me, that at times I feel like a tiny splinter living among a forest of giant timbers.
My biggest battle seems to come from my own mind. I encounter many days where I really have to focus to tune out the negative thoughts, and instead listen to the voice of my Savior, the voice of truth.
I hear, “You are worthless.” He says, “Every hair on your head is numbered, and you are worth more than all the sparrows.“ Luke 12:7
I hear, “You can’t do anything right.” He says “Rely on my strength and you can do anything you want to through me.”Philippians 4:13
I hear, “You are weak.” He says, “Put your hope in Me and I’ll make you strong and courageous, and your work will be rewarded.” Psalm 31:24, 2 Corinthians 15:7
I hear, “You are not smart enough.” He says, “All you have to do is ask and I’ll give you enough spiritual wisdom so that your knowledge of Me will become limitless.” Ephesians 1:17
I hear, “You are not good enough.” He says, “You will never be good enough, but if you rely on me I will give you enoughgrace to be sufficient in all things, and you will have plenty left over to do good works.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
No matter what we think about ourselves, there is a higher power who holds the real truth in the palms of His hands. He tells us that once we know the truth, once we finally understand what that truth means, we will truly be set free. (John 8:32)
I want that so much for my life. I want to be set free from all the negativity, and the lies I constantly bombard myself with. I’m trying really hard to grasp an understanding, to finally see that all my negative thoughts pale in comparison to His truth.
‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’ (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
Absolutely nothing God has ever, or will ever create is insignificant. He always has a purpose, a reason for making it, and that especially applies to our lives. His reasoning may never be fully clear to us; we may always marvel at why He made so many beautiful creatures like the hummingbird. Maybe the answer is to simply allow us a glimpse of His marvelous beauty, but whatever the case, we can rest assured He has a plan for it; we can be certain it is significant in His eyes.
His word is truth, and will continue to set us free. (John 8:32)
‘Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation. I listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, so our land will be filled with his glory. Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed! Truth springs up from the earth,and righteousness smiles down from heaven.’ (Psalm 85:7-12 NLT)
Please pray with me:
O heavenly Father, the mere mention of Your name makes me feel so very unworthy. I come before Your presence humbled to know that Your greatest desire for me is that I will not only see the truth about myself, but live the truth as one who has been set free.
Lord, that is my desire too, but I allow so many obstacles to block my path to freedom. I’m just now beginning to see that although we are mere specks of dust compared to Your glory, we should never allow ourselves to sink into the pit of lies the enemy puts before us.
I want to saturate my life with Your truth and know that no matter what I think of myself, no matter what the world thinks of me, there is only one Truth that really matters. I thank You for this truth and for covering me in Your grace and love.
For as always, it’s in Your name I pray,
Verse on photo inspired by John 8:32
Hummingbird info adapted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummingbird
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