By Karen O’Connor:
In the article, “The Secret Lives of Hummingbirds” (Fall, 2012 issue of National Parks magazine), author Kelly Bastone describes some fascinating details about these tiny aerialists. After reading the article I realized I was finding God in hummingbirds.
This species should be the most scrutinized creatures on Earth. They swoop backwards, straight up and down, and even side to side at speeds of 30 miles per hour. (See the phenomenal video below. Amazing videography captured the movement of hummingbirds.)
“They’re the only birds that truly hover, their tiny wings beating up to 220 times a second. But migratory details about hummingbird populations still remain a mystery,” according to Bastone, “In 2002, the Hummingbird Monitoring Network (HMN) started a coordinated program to track the birds’ comings and goings and better understand this continental phenomenon.”
Dennis Dreves, writing on the website AnswersinGenesis.org, shares that in Romans 1:20 in the Bible it says:
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse”—if they do not believe.
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; . . . Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
“The hummingbird is a very good example of the evidence for God as Creator . . . all the hummingbird’s features would have to work perfectly from the beginning for it to have survived—long bill, special tongue, unique rapid wing-beat—in order to be able to gather its highly efficient energy food. The migratory behavior—energy storage, flight endurance, long distance navigation—must also have been perfect from the beginning so the adults could reach their nesting grounds and return with their young. I cannot doubt the hand of God the Creator in the design of this remarkable creature. Truly the hummingbird is ‘God’s tiny miracle.’
Finding God in hummingbirds seems easy enough when we consider all these amazing and compact characteristics.
Enjoy this informative and incredible YouTube video from filmmaker Ann Prum who describes the “breakthrough science and latest technologies that allowed her and the crew to reveal incredible new insights about these aerial athletes.”
©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor