Today I learned something about hummingbirds. One of the things I like to do when I am able is online research. Having recently seen a pretty little humming bird with a red throat at someone’s local feeder, I wondered if it was a ruby throated hummingbird. Normally I would have assumed that it was, but I thought I remembered learning that the rubies migrate down to southern America each year to winter over in warmer climates.
I looked it up, and sure enough most varieties, (including rubies) of the fluffy little hummers get this urge to migrate for huge distances, going up to 500 miles in a day without stopping. Wow! I never would have guessed they have that kind of stamina! This left me with the question of what kind of humming bird I had recently seen at a local feeder. He had a red throat all right, and was quite a cute little fellow. I went to Google and typed in something like “red-throated hummingbirds that winter over in Washington”. Guess what popped up first thing? They are called “Anna’s Hummingbirds”. That really is their given name. I looked at a picture to be sure I had found the right variety, and sure enough!
You might be wondering why I found this information relevant or interesting enough to post on my blog. Well, let me explain a bit. Tonight one of my very best friends came over to spend her last bit of time with me before embarking on a huge adventure that may just end up being life-long. You see, she has this urge to travel, to have adventure, to see new things. It is as much a part of her as it is for those little birds; it is an instinct and an integral part of who she is. It is who God made her to be.
Sometimes when I am surrounded with others who seem to love adventure and change, I wonder if there is something wrong with me. I am completely satisfied to stay at home, here in my cozy house, on this little Island in the Puget Sound. I like it here. It is what I know, what is familiar, and what I can come home to after brief adventures out in the big world.
Tonight I realized that there is nothing wrong with me. I am Anna. I am like those little hummingbirds that winter over, and stay local. It is ok to be local. It is who God made me to be.
As much as I will miss this friend, I know we will keep in touch. And I have peace in my heart, knowing we are both living as the people God made us to be.
We may both have ruby throats, but God made us for different purposes.