Posted by: T. Boyd | June 9, 2010

A Gentle Rescue of a Hummingbird

Twice I have rescued a hummingbird from our garage. In both cases, the tiny creature flew in the open garage door, and could not find a way out – always searching along the 11 ft. ceiling, and occasionally going to the windows at the opposite end. The last time I helped one out, the bird finally exhausted itself, and let me catch it in my hand while standing on a ladder.

I didn’t want to wait that long this time, so I went outside, and managed to lower the top section of the double-hung window (for the first time in 10 years). I could see the bird still flying around, and not seeing the escape route. So I carried our hummingbird feeder to hang it in front of the window.

While adjusting the length of the hanger to give it the correct height, the bird flew out the window directly to the feeder and started drinking from my hand. It was so wonderful. It drank and drank while I talked soothingly to it – thirsty it was from that hot garage! He then hovered up near my hand, went down for a final sip, and flitted away.

I praised the Lord that I was able to help a fellow member of His wonderful creation. The experience really blessed my heart and that of others to which I have related the tale.

O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures…
The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

(Psalm 104:24, 145:15-16)


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