Today's "View From My Kitchen Window" is literally the view from my kitchen window - the hummingbird feeders attached to my window and hanging on a shepherd's hook just off the deck. They have had frequent visitors this summer - marvelous little creatures with antics that are sure to bring a smile to your face and a "thank you" to God for His little blessings!
They are always as "fast as lightning", darting to and fro, protecting their "Special Flowers" - the large, red ones attached to the feeders that are so much sweeter than the others in different parts of the yard. And the battles that rage - battles that leave scars! I feel a lesson taking shape "from the garden" - my hummingbird feeder garden!
They come in at full speed, maneuvering in ways that the United States Air Force wish they could mimic. Hovering briefly, then darting up, up, up, then suddenly backward, then into a nose-dive that is sure to make you dizzy following them with your eyes! They are in a battle for the sweet nectar that is contained in one of those red, plastic flowers. Oh, how sweet it is! But it comes at a price. Battle scars!
Yesterday, I was watching them while doing my daily chore of dish washing. My hands were washing dishes, but my mind was on the battle raging outside my window. Some of the hummers that finally made it through the gauntlet, (a Clint Eastwood movie, I believe) found rest and a drink on the little perch attached to the feeder. They looked awful! Feathers ruffled - some looked as if they were missing. They seemed weak from the hours of fighting which made them look malnourished. They looked like poor, pitiful creatures not like the beautiful, sleek ones that first appeared earlier in the year. Many days of battle have taken its toll.
We are the same, spiritually speaking. We are in a fight every day with an enemy that SEEMS as attractive as the beautiful sleek hummers that appear in the spring. Only through the constant battles do we finally recognize that our adversary is ugly and will do whatever it takes to keep us from the "sweet nectar" that is the Lord! With persistence, we will triumph victoriously! But not without the scars. The scars are there, I think, to remind us of the "ugliness" that is the enemy and the "beauty" that is the victory won!
Next time you see those marvelous creatures - the hummers, darting to and fro, be reminded of the ugliness, but more importantly, the "beauty" of Victory!