The hummingbird is a fascinating creature. It is small, agile, and fueled by the sweet nectar it finds in flowers.
With the wing speeds of the smallest hummingbirds hovering around 80 beats per second, and some species diving as fast as 49 miles per hour, the hummingbird looks like grace in motion as it hovers in front of a flower waiting to draw out what is sweet.
But behind all that grace is a hard-working machine – hustling just like the rest of us to stay in the air.
The hummingbird is a metaphor for what someone who has learned to love can look like – grace in motion. Love is hard work; it takes difficult choices in the unseen moments when no one is around to applaud.
In other words, the hummingbird is working very, very hard to do what it does – even when it appears to be doing it with ease on the surface.
Grace expressed in love takes individual, single beats of small wings that, by practice, enable us to hover in front of difficult situations and to draw sweetness from them.
- Advent Devotional Guide (4th Sunday of Advent)