Well, I learned so much about these little bird/beasts! They are territorial, loud, and feisty. They are cute, but full of sass. It was amazing to watch these birds bicker and fight, constantly, over something as simple as sugar water. Despite the acrobatics and behaviors that I learned about the hummingbird, the most interesting thing I learned was to recognize the various songs of the hummingbird.
There are times when the hummingbird seems happy (not often, I must admit), and it simply “cheeps” as it comes to feed. There are times when the humming bird seems to be warning other hummingbirds – to stay off its turf and away from its food. Then, there are longer calls with more vibrato and variance that seem to be actual war-cries. I never had realized these little birds were so loud.
As soon as I recognized the bird’s calls, I also began to realize that I heard them everywhere. I heard bickering hummingbirds on walks; I heard protective hummingbirds at parks; I heard a happily-feeding hummingbird near bushes at my church. Then, the following scriptures came to mind:
“Nevertheless, I did harden my heart, for I was called many times and I would not hear; therefore I knew concerning these things, yet I would not know; therefore I went on rebelling against God in the wickedness of my heart, …” (Alma 10:6)
“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:15)
All along, I’ve heard the crazy calls of this little bird, but my ears had not been open to hear them. It isn’t that they were quiet little birds – I simply did not recognize them. I realized that the same is with the Spirit. (well, he’s a lot nicer than hummingbirds!). He is whispering to us, He is prompting us, comforting us, and guiding us. But it is up to us to learn to recognize His voice and then listen to it.
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Art – “Hummingbird” by Catania (me).