[CF Devotionals] 2014-02-04 - Hummingbird Colors

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Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.

For the last two-and-a-half decades, our family have had the joy of feeding and observing some of God’s most remarkable creatures, Hummingbirds. Through the years, we have studied and heeded the advice of ornithologists, to keep feeders up during the Winter, in case a stray bird stays behind and doesn’t migrate. We’ve only had that happen twice, and this year is one of those times. A young Hummingbird came to visit us in early October, and he is still here. Along with the instincts God has given him - and the warm food and air that we diligently provide him - we, our friends and the children at our church have prayed him through the coldest Winter we’ve had in awhile, as well as a Winter Storm. We have been amazed and thankful that God sent him to us, for by the time he arrived in this area, there were few natural foods or feeders available. The odds are astoundingly low, that he would find the house that had feeders and flowers for him.

Because we live in the Southeastern US, we had assumed that “Little Spotty” - so-named because he’s an immature bird with spots on his throat - was a Rubythroated Hummingbird, the only one usually seen in this area. However, during the last week, against the light of the bright white snow, we could see that as he matures, he is beginning to show his true color - copper; therefore, he is evidently a Rufous Hummingbird.

This reminded me of those of us who are Christians. We may be able to put on a convincing act, going to church regularly, doing acts of charity, and generally being good people. But in our hearts, we may be harboring anger, jealousy or grudges, or impure motives. And in the beam of God’s pure white searchlight, we “show our true colors.” We can fool our friends and acquaintances, sometimes our families, and on occasion, even ourselves. But we can never fool God.

If we truly want to “walk the walk,” we need to ask God to search our hearts, to show us “our true colors,” to give us a cleansed and Godly heart, and to guide us back onto His path for us.

[email jan] Janice P. Moser

All scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.

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