Of Hummingbirds and Men

Hibernation is over and spring is here. It is that time of year wherein you can see different birds flying around the country side. My favourite are those birds that are always looking for something blooming, bright and beautiful – the hummingbirds. First let’s learn some basic facts about hummingbirds. “She eats like a bird.” -have you heard the expression before? It’s about a person having a tiny or very small appetite. It’s a simile alluding that birds don’t eat much, well not all birds actually. The next time you use that expression you might want to think twice. Let’s take the hummingbird as a perfect example. This bird has an incredible metabolism and it has to eat about fifty percent of its body weight everyday. It requires an enormous amount of food because it flaps its wings so fast ( that it makes a humming noise- where it got its name) and so its metabolism is also fast. The hummingbird’s heartbeat and breathing rate are both fast with high body temperature. It needs energy to fly fast. Hummingbird needs to eat every five or ten minutes under normal conditions. It typically consumes between four to seven calories a day. Now in the same way as the hummingbird, we also need to have this kind of enormous appetite, appetite in reading and studying God’s word. This will give us Hope, “For men shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4). Hummingbirds are always smelling for the fragrance and the nectar of the flowers and looking for anything bright. We should also try at all times to look at the brighter, more beautiful side of things. Life’s many problems can be handled better by remaining optimistic, hopeful for the better things ahead and keeping a positive attitude despite of negative situations.

Lamentations 3: 21-23 “This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”

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