As T&T celebrates its independence, I take the time to reflect. To reflect on a time before Christopher Columbus assumed the role of a modern day Adam, naming everything in sight. A time where our land was known as the land of the Hummingbird. To be independent is to be free of oppression. To be liberated. There is no liberation without the Spirit. It is the air that flows, propelling us into the motion that defines our being.
“As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.”
The hummingbird flows at its own pace, zipping around in its unique style. Often found on its own, its incredibly active during the day, moving from plant to plant to secure food. Their rapid wing speed for their small frame means they need to feed regularly. In like manner, the children of God are creatures of the day. We work while it is day.
“Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.”
1 Thessalonians 5:5
No matter how highly we think of ourselves, all flesh is grass. We are as fragile as any living thing God created. That fragility is only overcome by feeding on that which sustains life.
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
At night, the hummingbird goes into a state of hibernation known as torpor. This conserves the energy gained through feasting during the day. As we feed on the word and all that comes by it, we must take time to rest in his goodness. Rest in his promises as we allow his word to resonate within our minds and our hearts.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Ever since I was a child, I had the pleasure of viewing Hummingbirds where I live. I see you hummingbird. You are not forgotten. Beloved, thank you for meditating on the word of God. Have a blessed day.