Availability and Flexibility

I am sitting here watching the neighborhood hummingbirds.  They fly and float, not holding still for very long until they perch on their branch in my maple tree for a few minutes before returning to the round, red, feeder hanging just outside the window above my desk.  So small.  The ruby throated one intrigues me.  His throat seems to shine bright red when he turns at just the right angle.  I’d love to see those feathers under a microscope!  God’s amazing creation.  It must be used to signal mates or something.  As he looks around sitting in the tree, and as he flies you can see flashes of red.  He is so small, smaller than the leaves on the tree.

Yesterday Dad, Brad and I helped mother get to the hospital.  She was really quite sick.  Pneumonia as it turns out.  We were available and flexible and God allowed us to be a blessing to someone in need…a loved one in need. I got to have lunch with my dad.  We were discussing how as intelligent humans we think we have most things in life figured out when really we don’t have a clue as to how this whole universe works, is held together, etc.  Dad said that it may be that even birds perceive time differently than we humans do.  That may be what allows them to do the magical flying maneuvers that boggle us.

Thank you Lord for slowing down the pace of life enough to notice your creatures, enough to be available, and to be flexible – to say yes to the opportunities You give us to be Your hands and feet to others.  It seems You can multiply even our time if we give it to You.

Joshua 10:12-14 

At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,

“Sun, stand still at Gibeon,
and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”
  And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,
until the nation took vengeance on their enemies.

Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel.

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