On warm summer nights I try to swim just at twilight. The air is still or there’s a slight ocean breeze and the plants surrounding the garden and pool are mostly in silhouette against a “Maxfield Parrish” sky. (His awesome skies transitioned from deep blue to salmon and peach and he has become one of my favorite landscape painters.) I feel a bit like a magical mermaid in one of Parrish’s gorgeous reflecting pools.
And then she appears, this tiny humming bird. She comes in silence mostly but if you listen closely, there’s a faint buzz. She flits from red sage flower to purple, then alights delicately on the very tip of an aloe which has been designed perfectly for her tiny toes to curl around. And she fluffs her feathers, heart beating wildly and cleans her beak. Mostly she sits gazing at the same God-painted sky that moves me. She regards me as a strange mermaid who glides close to her then away. Suddenly she’s up in the air again, passing through a different group of sages and a few exotic plants. She alights again this time higher up on the rim of a tomato cage where she can better oversee her kingdom.
For some reason she doesn’t worry about the mermaid nearby. She doesn’t worry at all. Ever. She has no bills to pay, no plants to weed, no dishes to do, no floors to vacuum. She doesn’t plan her days around going to the gym, or picking up kids, or cooking meals. She doesn’t struggle with car repairs or huge water bills or making a living.
And yet her Heavenly Father feeds her daily, in abundance. He meets every one of her needs. There’s never any drought. The sages never run out of nectar. She flies, sits, rests, eats her fill, flies some more, broken up by the occasional hummingbird wars she conducts when others sneak into her kingdom. But mostly it’s a life of being taken care of by One who created her and cares about her needs.
Why am I such an anxious creature constantly on the prowl to find something to worry about? The Bible tells me that God, my Creator, cares even more about me than he does this tinniest of birds. Luke 12:24 is the way Jesus told us to live our lives, without worry and anxiety over anything because He is always at work providing. He knows our needs and He will take care of them in His perfect timing. No anxiety required! We have no idea how He is constantly at work, like a hummingbird in constant motion.
So each night’s swim is a lesson in how not to worry. I watch this little hummingbird just be herself – and God takes care of all the rest.