Alaskan Hummingbirds

Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Psalm 91:4 – He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (NIV)

I recently watched an amazing wildlife video on the Internet. A man was feeding hummingbirds from his hand in Alaska. Now, first of all, I didn't realize that hummingbirds went to Alaska. I thought it would be too far north and too cold. Every year, though, they fly 2,500 miles from Mexico to Alaska — which in itself is astounding. How on earth those tiny little birds fly such a distance is beyond me.

The man was taking pictures of hummingbirds at a feeder when he noticed that some of them were flying towards the red strip on the strap of his camera. It made him wonder that if he put red nectar in his hand, would the birds be attracted and feed from his palm? The results are remarkable to watch. Here is the URL:

The wee birds rest on the man's hand and those of his children. They feel safe and secure, knowing and feeling that no harm will come to them. The hummingbirds feed constantly and their birdsongs seem to express their delight.

I think that's what the psalmist was trying to communicate when he penned the words "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge." He writes of the security that faith can bring and he expresses his complete confidence in God. No matter what he faces, he will be secure beneath the feathers of God's wings.

That's a message that we all need to hear. Some of us are perhaps currently experiencing difficulties and crises that make us wonder where and when they will end. Knowing that God holds us securely in the midst of our trials can help us endure our troubles and give us hope for the future. As Jesus Himself once said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28 NIV)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You completely know everything that is going in our lives. We place You at the centre of all that we are enduring and ask that You lovingly hold us and keep us safe. In Your holy name, we humbly pray. Amen.

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