Thursday, November 14, 2013

Made for a Purpose: A Lesson I Learned from Hummingbirds

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
Psalm 139:14

The lives of hummingbirds have always captivated me.  A few months ago I watched a documentary about hummingbirds living in the South America rainforest.  Each of the little birds had qualities that made them unique. One bird in particular, called the Sword Billed Hummingbird grabbed my attention.  It has the longest beak of all the hummingbird species.  In fact, its beak is actually longer than its body.

God created this hummingbird with a special purpose in mind.  It is the only hummingbird with a beak long enough to drink nectar out of some flowers in the rainforest.  One article I read about them said the flowers would die without the little bird pollinating them (Johnson).  Isn’t God’s creation amazing?  Everything in nature is so intricately planned out and balanced.

Learning about this special bird reminds me of how God sees me.  Sometimes I am tempted to compare myself to others.  I think that someone else could have done a task far better than me.  However, when I think of hummingbirds, God reminds me that “I have been fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139:14).  I’ve been made for a special purpose and whatever task he has called me to do, big or small, was for Me to do, not someone else.

Similar to hummingbirds, we all have special jobs that God has asked us to do.  1 Corinthians 12:4-5 says, "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord."  God has made each of us unique, with gifts and talents to accomplish His work. We were made for a purpose, to use our gifts to reflect His light.

Thank you for reading and keep Shining for Him!

*Work Cited:
Johnson, Sibylle. "Sword Billed Hummingbirds." Avian Web. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov 2013.

*Top Photo Credit: (Michael Elliott)
* Bottom Photo Credit: My photo


  1. Rachel, great reminder and lesson. What a privilege to fill the role God created us to fill!

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. I'm glad you enjoyed reading. I hope you have a blessed day. :)

  2. Rachel, So wonderfully put!
    We are not cookie cutter, or carbon copies of each other, but a seperate individual.
    God has given us each specific gifts to share....sometimes we neglect to share it with others and lose out on the blessings.
    Thank you Rachel for obeying God and writing what He puts on your heart!

  3. Thank you, Mom. I'm glad you received a blessing from reading it. I love reading your comments every week. You are such an encouragement to me.