by Del Tackett


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Hummingbird iFlower

Hummingbird iFlower 

 

Sometimes things occur so quickly that you barely have time to register what is happening.

 

I was sitting on my deck, enjoying the Colorado blue sky, sparkling air and the butterscotch smell of the ponderosa pines. I had a turkey sandwich in my right hand and in my left I was reading an email on my red smartphone.

 

Out of nowhere, a hummingbird appeared, hovering in front of my nose. I could feel the wash of air from its wings and hear their familiar buzzing… louder than usual because we were eye to eye. It then darted to my sandwich, hovered for a second, then back to my nose. Pausing only briefly, it then flitted to my red phone, hovered, and then in the blink of an eye, thrust its beak down the earphone hole. Just as quickly, it pulled out and was gone.

 

I sat there with my mouth hanging open.

 

I am sure I will never see anything like that again. It couldn’t have taken much more than five seconds from beginning to end, but it will last forever in my memory.

 

These are times you just have to thank the Lord for the experience. There are no photos, no video, no witnesses… just the humming bird and me brushing up against each other in a moment in time in a creation that defies explanation.

 

I have often thought of the exquisite design of the hummingbird. They are remarkable in their flight capabilities. Not only can they hover, but they can dart up, down, left, right, forward and backwards (the only bird that can do so). They can fly just as easily upside down. They can spot potential food targets and zoom in, pull up, hover, sample, and exit in the blink of an eye. They remember every flower (and phone) they’ve every sampled and they seem to know how long it takes the flower to rejuvenate the nectar they’ve taken. They have a third set of eyelids that act as flying goggles to protect them as they zoom around, sometimes as fast as 65 feet/second, which is about 45 miles per hour. Now you may not think that is not all that fast because you can drive faster than that, but they reach those speeds almost instantly… and they can stop almost instantly, hover, and then zoom off in another direction. They have been clocked at 60 mph while diving, with the same ability to stop on a dime. They beat their wings up to 200 times per second… that’s why they “hum”.

 

They are the tiniest bird in the world and they can flash their colors or hide them at will. Their hearts beat up to 20 times per second and while at rest, they breathe four times per second.

 

Their wings can rotate in a full circle.

 

The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird has been known to travel across the Gulf of Mexico to breed…. 500 miles and 20 hours of flight time.

 

Job 12 counsels us to ask the birds and they will explain it all to us.

“Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breathe of mankind?” Job 12:9

 

The hummingbird’s favorite color is red.

 

Buy yourself a red smartphone and go sit on your deck and learn from the creation.

 

 

 

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  • Veronica Waldow

    The intricacy and complexity of God's creation continues to amaze me. I live in Phoenix and am so thankful for the "green spaces" that provide habitats for the birds, lizards and yes, scorpions (although I'm not convinced that God created those!). My walks in the morning before we become an oven are a communion with God in understanding the interconnectedness of man and creation. We have so much to learn from how God created the world around us and it continues to provide new revelation even in an age when we think we are so learned. Thanks for all you do to bring to the forefront the truth of the bible as science. I thoroughly enjoyed your Genesis movie!
  • Dave Schultheis

    God's glory is all around us, if in this busy life we would but stop to "smell the flowers."
  • Jerry Bostick

    Thanks Del
  • Regina Brown

    Love It! Red smart phone on shopping list! :-)
  • Sherri Hampton

    Loved this, love hummingbirds! Also the "Is Genesis History?" movie!! We share it with everyone we can! ❤️ Thankful for God's great (and small) creation and the blessing of enjoying it. :)
  • Kathlen Johnson

    Kathy J. Ohio Loved the comment on hummingbirds and God's creation. These are my favorites. I love watching them at my feeders and around the hanging baskets on my porch. I too love to walk in God's creation early in the morning. Sometimes I do a prayer walk and sometimes I just listen to creation around me and thank God for what I see and the beauty of His holiness.
  • Elaine Grenon

    Thanks for sharing your experience with the hummingbird. A few weeks ago I was reading a book on my deck and stopped to look at the trees and listen to the gental breeze of the wind. As I was enjoying God's creation, a humming bird came in front of my face and stared at me as if to say, hello and flew off as quickley as it came. My answer was,"and hello to you". I thought to my self - Lord, thank you for letting me enjoy that moment with your little bird. I, like you, never experience such a brief moment of Joy. It reminded me I can also find joy in new falling snow, in the shapes of passing clouds, in the laughter of a friend and fellowship with God's people. I enjoyed watching "Is Genesis History"? Will show it to our Bible study this week. Thanks for letting the Lord use your gifts to edify the believer. Elaine Grenon
  • Mick O'Brien

    I was sitting on my deck the other day and hummingbird flew up, looked around for my earphone hole, which as I had no device, chose my ear instead then got stuck in my ear wax. As I was helping to dislodge the poor, scared, creature a vulture flew down and grabbed my turkey sandwich and flew off. — The good side of all this is my hearing improved. — I used to say “if life gives you lemons, chop down a lemon tree”. — Tongue in cheek of course. — “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth the work of his hands.” — . — The 500 mile flight is amazing. The Monarch Butterfly is another example which amazes me, going from a vulnerable caterpillar on a branch to a winged and delicate beauty flying 3000 miles each fall from Canada to Mexico. — After my encounter with “The Truth Project” I purchased a sweat shirt with a picture of a cocoon on it which references Job 12:7-8. — Del, thank you for this post.
  • Pam Orme

    What a wonderful experience God permitted you to enjoy!!!
  • James Murphy

    I have spent thousands of hours flying helicopters in the Marine Corps. I spent three years teaching hundreds of flight students how to fly. It takes many hours to learn to hover, takeoff and land - all while adjusting for wind and turbulence - and make it all look like you know what you are doing. If you lose concentration for even a moment, you can quickly find yourself in a position where the aircraft and physics are flying you instead of the other way around. Even the most experienced human pilot has to "wave-off" occasionally. I've always been amazed at birds. No flight school. No years of training to maintain proficiency. Most significantly to me - No wave-offs!!! God has truly designed a masterful work in the humming bird. Tiny creature. Tiny brain. Flawless in flight precision. How do they know what they know about aerodynamics, physics, weather, and astronomy? Truly amazing! Darwinian evolution would suggest such precision and skill developed in incremental stages over a long periods of time. Neo-darwinist also suggest evolution occurred over a long time, but organisms advanced due to huge "punctuated" leaps. Either way, the evolutionist ends up with a flightless under-evolved birds for a long periods of time. I can't figure out how a not-yet ready to fly ancestor of the humming bird could have survived. Instead it is logical to conclude that the amazing design found in birds was complete when they were created and environmental pressures have only caused variations within their kind. They were created to fly and could do it from the beginning. Meanwhile, millions of birds all over the globe at this very moment are making flying look easy. For the humming bird, that means a rock solid hover. And for birds everywhere of every type no waveoffs! Amazing. To God be the Glory indeed!

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