Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Hummingbird Wars

Long, long ago in a,not too far away. OK, so it was just this week off my deck in the Wet Mountains of southern Colorado. Along with our bears, mountain goats, cougars, mule deer, elk, bobcats, bighorn sheep, golden and bald eagles, we have a few hummingbirds. What started out in late April with just one or two hummingsbirds has turned into a free-for-all with well over a dozen hummingbirds emptying our feeder in less than a day...everyday! If you look closely, you will see three orange-colored Rufous hummingbirds along with the other Broad-tailed hummers. I think there may also be a Black-throated hummer in there as well, but it is hard to determine since the Broad-tail's throats display black until the sun hits them, turning their throats into a brillant ruby color! Anyway, I soon got over buying the red colored syrup and just started feeding them sugar and water, and I think they like it better...not exactly natural, but well received. Of course, the hummingbirds love the Rocky Mountain Bee plants and penstemons that grow naturally here and are all over our property.
The diversity of God's creation is indeed amazing. To see these tiny creatures in such contrast to other birds and know their purpose beyond pollination is enriching our lives really demonstrates God's desire for His creation. Perhaps you are reading this blog and suffering some anger, disillusionment, or pain from life and wonder why an all-knowing/all- powerful creator God would allow pain and suffering in this world. Romans chapter 8 of God's revelation to His creation, states,
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance."
So, enjoy the graceful good, lament the evil bad, and embrace the One that created and redemned.
You've got to give God His glory!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I've never even seen more than 1 hummingbird at a time. Amazing.