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Topic: Teacher (10/26/06)
TITLE: The Hummingbirds
By R B
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It seems the rains have stopped here in sunny California bringing the songbirds. The robins with their red breast; prominently dancing, running, proudly chirping as they cocked their heads looking for food. Birds of all colors shapes and sizes staking out new territory, ah, spring is soon here.
For the past several weeks I have been waking up to Hummingbirds lots of them, clustering about my window. Fingertips to my eyes I begin rubbing trying to focus on all the activity, day after day this has been happening. Hummingbirds with their rapid wing beat and their intense fluorescence; why my window I wonder? They just seem to hover, stare at me and stick their little tongues out at me, what is going on here? There is a tremendous amount of energy expended by these little hovering birds. I only know of one reason a hummingbird takes to flight, food! I don’t have a feeder you know, those little canisters filled with died-red sugar water. Then one day I woke up and there it was the answer to “The Hummingbird” crisis. The early morning sun and a chance reflection on the windows glass from a spiraling red papier-mâché windmill hanging in my room, the eureka moment was at hand. The birds thought it was food, just as I was beginning to think they came to gaze at my great no-no perfect physique. I began to think they had started coming by just to see me this was not the case: it was the food presupposed by the Hummers yes, but nevertheless they wanted in to receive the food.
How many people I began to wonder could receive the food as the hummingbirds did from my window; from Jesus Christ our Teacher, also presupposed in that some could “hear the food but not see it,” and for those who stayed and listened to this Teacher began to see with their hearts the food before them and were filled.
A couple of buddies of mine went to a concert one night; one came back enlightened and enjoyed it tremendously. The other came back and thought it to be dry and not very enjoyable. I thought, why would two people seeing the same concert react so differently? They both liked the same style of music I concluded this: one of them went and knew exactly what to listen for every note, pause and finale this fellow received the food he knew to be there; as for the other, he didn’t quite know what to listen for, he was expecting one thing and received something else in short, he came away still hungry and didn’t enjoy the concert.
Have you ever gone to Church and come away not feeling quite as charged up as some of the others? The food of Christ tastes best when understood and this food is Spiritual food not sprinkled with herbs and spices but seasoned with the truth, understand we are part of the deity our hearts Spirit filled en-graphed branches unseen by us but we know it’s there a gift from our Teacher. Now that you know every note, pause and finale you can better enjoy the concert. Like “The Hummingbirds,” you also must believe the food is there. To become filled with the word of God you must first believe in the presupposed. The hummingbirds with their great expenditure of energy believed only that there might be food inside my house; at great risk to themselves they hovered and waited for the food. Day after day they came back to inspect the sight they believed had food. Day after day they went home hungry because I didn’t understand the music being played. You must only believe that the food is there, “in a spiritual sense” to come away filled. Once you understand the “music” you will enjoy it more and come away filled. And it all begins with the belief that the food, “Jesus” is the Living Word and come away filled.
Oh, once I understood the music being played at my window each morning, I went out and bought a feeder for “The Hummingbirds,” now they to, come away filled.
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