Posted by: counselorcarmella | September 15, 2011

HummingBird of Hope

Hope is a kind of defiance. It’s a decision that has to be made again and again. Hope is hard work, and although there’s no guarantee it will lead to the desired end, maybe hope is an end in itself.  – Nancy Bachrach

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21-23).

Prov.23:18 Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

 

The humming bird lay motionless in my hand. He’d been rescued by my Dad after falling into our swimming pool. I’d been startled when  Dad brought me the tiny  creature as I  sat  moping on the living room couch. I could feel his tiny heart beating, but he didn’t show any other signs of life.

 

We called a local wild animal specialist who advised us on what to do. “He’s probably just stunned,” she said.  “If you got him out of the pool immediately, he should perk up in a few minutes.” I wasn’t very encouraged by her words. He seemed pretty  lifeless to me and he was so  small and fragile. 

 

 “God, please don’t let him die,” I prayed silently.  I didn’t think I could handle another loss. The night before, I’d spent tearful hours   grieving over a beloved friend’s betrayal. The coming of a new day had not changed my mood. I couldn’t seemed to shake   feelings of exhaustion and sadness. Now, this beautiful, fragile creature was dying in my hand.

 

As the minutes passed, I began to notice slight movements. Soon, the tiny bird was taking sips of sugar water from an eye dropper. Slowly, he began to flutter his wings. Within half an hour of his rescue, my parents and I took the hummingbird back outside and smiled as he flew away. He seemed as good as new. 

 

God’s message to me that day was as clear as the sky that welcomed my little friend. Just as the dove brought Noah hope of dry land and a new beginning, the drowning humming bird brought me a message of hope from God, as well. Just as God sees the sparrow when it falls (or the humming bird in this case), God knows exactly what is going on in my life at every moment.  Just as He strengthened and restored that tiny bird when it was at its lowest point, He strengthens and restores me when I feel sad and discouraged. 

 

God can restore and heal us, no matter how bad things seem. Just as He healed one of the smallest of His creations and allowed it to fly again, He can heal our hearts and allow us to experience new energy and soaring joy.  God wants to give us good things and  has promised that we can hope in Him because of who He is.  We can believe there is hope, even when we don’t see reasons to feel hopeful.

 

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for healing and restoring us. Help us to remember that there is always hope for a brighter future.

 

 

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