This morning I wanted to share a super simple but profound experience. It’s the story of a miracle as tiny as a hummingbird.
Our family was down in St George a few weeks ago to enjoy the spring weather and have a little getaway. I needed to exercise and get the kids out of the house for a little bit, so we went to the city center to run around and explore. A few minutes into my jog my most excited, nature loving child was calling me with great enthusiasm and urgency to come to the nearest tree. Sitting in the tree, barely visable, was a hummingbird − our first hummingbird sighting of the year! Wahoo! Spring is coming! I should probably add that we are kinda nerdy about birds right now. Every visit to the library brings us home with a bird identification book or two. I also have a really awesome Audubon Bird App that also helps us identify birds in our area, lets us GPS where we spotted a certain bird, plays specific bird songs, let’s us post pictures of the birds we see, and will keep a list of our sightings of the year. Kinda nerdy I know, but it has been really fun to do as a family. If you are into birds you should check it out!
So here was this little hummingbird. Within a minute it was named Little Hummer and had already become, in my 7 year old’s heart and mind, a part of the family. My children darted around the park with Hummer while I attempted to get my workout in. We were quite a site. Eventually we were all wiped out and the bird had gone missing, so we moved on.
Later that night St George was a windy, gusty, weathery place. My sweet daughter, who has never been great at falling asleep, was having an extra hard time going to bed. Over and over she kept telling me how worried she was about her little pal Hummer. “Where is she going to sleep? What if she dies? How will she be safe? I am really scared for her! She is so tiny!” I held her tight until late that night and just kept telling her that Heavenly Father would take care of this little bird and that He would show Hummer all the good places to hide away from the storm. She finally fell asleep.
First thing in the morning I turned over in bed to a my tall, snuggly, bed stealing child. The first words out of her mouth were about her concerns for Hummer. In the room where we had slept there were beautiful, tall, white framed, old windows. Through the windows the sun was rising and the billowing colorful clouds were rolling rapidly past the windows. It was such a beautiful morning. I held my little girl close and told her once again how Heavenly Father takes care of his creatures. I pointed out to her how amazing the clouds were and asked her if she thought they were cool. We sat there in stillness for about 20 seconds watching the amazing scenery when all of the sudden a hummingbird darted right past the window. Like I said, we are really nerdy birders right now, so we get excited about these little creatures, but this, this was different, this was absolute awe! I said to her, “Did you see that? Did you see that little guy?” She shook her head yes. “That was a miracle sis! That was a miracle!” She looked at me with tears welling up in her eyes and gave me a huge hug. We were both filled with peace and happiness!
God loves His creatures and His children. God answers prayers. God shows us He is real. I am grateful that He reminded me of this with a miracle as tiny as a hummingbird.