Gifts for Today

“Hummingbird and Sunflower,” photo by Larry Keller. Click image to view in Flickr.

There is a long narrow table that spans the large window in my home office, made by my hubby, of course. This is where I sit in the early morning, as the sun rises, to spend time with God.  As I study and meditate, I witness nature awakening, and I enjoy the brief encounters with birds, butterflies, and bumblebees that apparently love the zinnias growing just outside the window.

We see many different types of birds in our neighborhood, but I rarely see hummingbirds. I’ve seen them only twice in the six years we’ve lived here, and both times were at my window.

My second visit with a hummingbird was this morning, as I was meditating over Psalm 27. I had just read about the psalmist’s desire “to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple” (Psalm 27:4) and was praying the same for myself when the bird dropped by. How apropos! This was no coincidence. It was a subtle affirmation of the beauty of the holiness of the Most High and affirmation of His presence. A gift for today.


Note about today’s image: The photo was captured by Larry Keller who has an amazing Flickr feed filled with birds, deer, and other aspects of nature. Since there were still two more posts to complete “Sunflower Week,” I wanted an image for today that spoke to sunflowers and my early morning visitor. Larry graciously allowed use of his photo for today’s post. There are so many beautiful messages in nature, and I’m grateful for the many photographers who expertly capture what we miss or can’t experience for ourselves. Thank you, Larry, for your art and for your heart. Your photo is another gift for today!

3 thoughts on “Gifts for Today

  1. mimionlife says:

    Hummingbirds are my favorite bird. My parents taught me the love of bird watching. Daddy often sat on the front porch wearing a red cap. The hummingbirds would fly all around his cap, never afraid, just visiting. God truly gives us beautiful wonders to enjoy. 🙂

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  2. Laurie says:

    And it is a gift…I have an herb garden that has evolved for the pollinators. This year has seen an abundance and variety like I’ve never seen. I have spent more hours outside with them just watching. That is my meditation on Gods beauty…Thank you for sharing, Chandra. Yes, I am alive and well, been an extremely busy and motivated Year so far. Hope you are enjoying your summer. Hugs, Laurie

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