Have you seen a Hummingbird?

viaadmin Children's Feature, Volume 37

God’s little wonder

Have you ever thought of the wonder of wings? A flying pelican takes it easy at about one beat of his wings per second. A crow does a lazy two or three beats per second. It’s really comical to see a crow being chased by a little red-winged blackbird. Although the poor old crow hunches forward, trying frantically to pick up speed, he is no match for the speedy dive-bomber on his tail. But the speed-king of the feathered kingdom is the hummingbird.

Flashing its colours in flight, it can fly forward, backward, up, down, sideways or sit in sheer space between its blurred wings. The male ruby-throated hummingbird has a wing-span of about 10 cm and weighs approximately three grams – about the same as a copper penny. It beats its wings in a figure eight no less than 53 times per second in normal flight, turning them completely over on the backstroke. But in courtship dives, they pour it on and accelerate to 220 beats per second. Hummingbirds are marvelously maneuverable. They can change instantaneously to a new direction, and launch and land at full speed.

After spending the winter in Central America, many ruby-throats make the long journey each spring from Panama to Canada. Twenty hours of the trip are spent flying 800 kms non-stop over the Gulf of Mexico. When on land, they have been clocked at 100 kms per hour.

Now, just how did this fantastic little creature happen to have not only wings and the motor to beat them so fast, but the sensitive controls which can vary the angle of its wings and even reverse them at will? How does it find its way across so many miles of water and land from its winter to its summer home?

The God who created this tiny bird is the same God who created you. Even an insignificant little sparrow cannot fall to the ground without God seeing and knowing. “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31). If the Lord God knows all about these birds which He has created and cares for, He certainly knows all about you. He wants you to trust in Him by accepting His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the One who can save you from the penalty of your sin. Have you done this?

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