Growing up, I remember seeing a hummingbird feeder and watching these tiny birds fly by for a drink. With wings beating furiously, they hovered near the red pseudo-flowers for mere moments before flitting away.
Then I learned a little bit about hummingbirds. Not only are they really small, they flap their wings an average of 55 times per second (depending on the species) and can even fly backwards. With all this activity, it's no wonder they must consume up to twice their body weight in nectar and small bugs every day.
I also discovered that hummingbirds spend about 80% of their time perching and resting. Why? Because they live on the edge of their energy envelope and flying burns a lot of calories. I learned they eat almost constantly because they live three hours from death. They live on the brink of dying.
What about my life? Granted, my physical metabolism is far from hummingbird-level and I shudder to imagine eating a hundred-something pounds of food every day. But my spiritual and emotional metabolism? It seems like I can burn though my reserves with a single hectic school morning.
That's why, like the hummingbird, I must feed daily on the Word of God and be filled with His Spirit. Feed daily as though I am on the edge of starvation. Feed daily so I can live.
Where do I get my nourishment? Some comes in chunks of time reading my Bible, listening to worship music in my car, or praying while exercising on the treadmill. Other times, I feed in brief snatches. A whispered prayer, a verse taped to my mirror, a glimpse of creation that calls to my soul.
What about you? Do you have hummingbirds where you live? How is your spiritual or emotional metabolism? How often do you need to feed?