The Ruby-throated hummingbird has only 940 feathers, while the Tundra swan has 25,216 feathers, and God planned both just as they are. The hummer is 3-3.75 inches and the swan can grow to 58 inches tall. The tiny hummer weights .1 ounce and the swan? 251.2 ounces. The long tongue of the Ruby-throat is equipped to scoop nectar from flowers while the swan forages with its head on the surface or just under the water to feed on aquatic vegetation. Another difference? At 53 beats per second, the hummer can hover, go backwards and swiftly move forward. While the noise from the swan’s powerful wing beats gave it the previous name of “whistling swan.”
These two birds are just like the person sitting beside me–wonderfully knitted by the hands of God. With unique traits, personality and bodies, each of us is a unique contribution to this earth. God gave me with a heart and mind for the environment. The person beside me is an indoor person and would never consider hiking a woodland path. I wouldn’t cook a full meal every night, but she’s a wiz in the kitchen. I’m a single, white female who looks at the glass half full. She’s dark haired, married and usually first thinks about the worse-case
scenario when facing a challenge.
If every bird that flew into view was big and white, we’d become quickly bored when we saw a bird. As humans, it’d be no different. If each of us wore black every day, it would be a mundane world. Wouldn’t we be bored with all brunettes or all blondes?
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16
What trait did God give you that you most appreciate? Do you have an individual passion for something that others wouldn’t consider for themselves?
- How to Attract Hummingbirds(bostonmamas.com)
- Protecting the World’s Great Bird Nursery (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)