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My Mother, My Hummingbird

“Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes, for love, joy and celebration. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.”   (taken from a Papyrus greeting card)

I have two places I like to pray and get close to God; one is in my bedroom with my cozy blankets wrapped around me with a hot cup of coffee and all my devotionals; the Bible and various journals all spread out across the bed, and the second place is my courtyard where all the lush flowers are blooming and my fountain flows water that soothes me.

A few months ago, I had my french doors open to my bedroom and looking out through the screen doors onto a beautiful view of hibiscus and a glistening pool with a green mountain backdrop. I was talking to God having my intimate conversation when all of a sudden this really obnoxious hummingbird flew towards the screen, then the hibiscus and back to the screen as if it were trying to tell me something…and then it was gone.

Over the next few months this kept happening no matter what time of the day it was. I would be praying in the morning, or sometimes the afternoon and here it would come being very loud and not as delicate as most hummingbirds, but still beautiful.

Yesterday, I was in my courtyard on the other side of the house. My heart was heavy with some real spiritual battles that had been going on for the last few days. Through my tears I was asking God for direction, healing, peace when all of a sudden; here was that hummingbird again, only this time it flew right by my face and hovered! I watched as it was trying to communicate with me in a language I didn’t quite understand and then it hit me! I had been joking with my daughter that the hummingbird was probably my mother coming to give me a bad time. We laughed because my mom could be the most obnoxious, loud person in the room and demanded attention.

But this day as I watched this bird, I realized she might be telling me something. As I watched it fly around the courtyard with it’s gracefulness, while at the same time being very vocal I tried to hear my mother’s voice and I could hear her saying “BE STRONG! ” (by the way, as soon as I typed those words, the hummingbird just fly by, and then left)

I believe God brings little worldly moments in our lives to comfort, strengthen and empower us to take action. We need to only look for it. And the only way to see the world through His lens is to spend time with Him. We often overlook the simple messages in life because we are blinded by the messages shooting at us at breakneck speed by earthly comforts we seek out. We forget the simpleness of being still, and watching nature. And maybe seeing a sign from God telling you “It’s going to be okay, listen to me”. And then maybe, just maybe ….you will find your hummingbird moment!

Have a great week my friends! Let me know how you experience the signs of love that God brings you.

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