As we were talking one of them said, “This image of a hummingbird just came to mind–you know how they move around and don’t stay in one place for long? I think God is going to be moving you around to different places for different purposes.”
From that day on I saw an inordinate number of hummingbirds in all kinds of places: the real kind that frequently flew by where I worked and lived at the time; even stopping a foot from my face to stare at me for a moment and then fly away.
I also saw them on tattoos, necklaces, art, t-shirts; etc.
Whenever I see a hummingbird now I smile and think of God and His good plans for me.
At that time I managed the volunteer program for a non-profit in Southern California. It was largely a desk job and it was not uncommon for me to get up several times a day to walk outside to walk for a couple minutes and get some fresh air.
One afternoon as I was walking around on the bottom floor of the building under an overhang that had several emergency fire sprinklers, a hummingbird started flying overhead just ahead of me.
It was flying from sprinkler to sprinkler trying to get something to drink from each sprinkler. It made me smile but also feel sorry for the bird.
Was it getting a drop of water here and there or was it coming up empty…simply mistaking the sprinklers for a flower or feeder with nectar that could satisfy?
I began thinking about how I’d been trying to get satisfied in a lot of ways that just left me empty because the source wasn’t God.
If I’m thirsty spiritually and I’m trying to find refreshment in things other than God, then I’m going to be very thirsty and unsatisfied for a long time.
In John 4:13 Jesus says to the Samaritan woman at the well:
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
I also thought about this verse from Jeremiah 2:13:
“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (NIV)
Obviously there are lots of lovely places and activities God has created that refresh me. But ultimately, I know that if I don’t spend enough time intentionally drinking in the living water of God–His presence and His word–I will go dry in a hurry.
If I want to be full of spiritual life, I need to fill myself with God. If I try to fill myself with anything else–good as some of those things may be in and of themselves–I will always be thirsty because only God’s living water can truly satisfy.
And if I try to manufacture something on my own apart from God, the “cistern” I build will always be leaking.
What do you try to fill yourself with apart from God’s living water? I pray you will be encouraged to fill yourself with Jesus this week…and not run dry.