Friday, May 24, 2013
One of my daughters recently sent me a photo of a hummingbird perched on her shoe. Yes, her shoe. When we spoke the following day, she filled me in. Since then, I have thought about her incredible story daily. She and her husband were up at their cabin when suddenly, a hummingbird flew in through the open sliding door, way up into the vaulted ceiling. Flying around up there, it came into contact with dust and cobwebs, before eventually returning to ground level, coming to rest upon one of my daughter's unoccupied shoes. Moments later, her husband carried that shoe with the bird out to the deck. Surprisingly, the hummingbird went along for the ride. That was the image captured in the picture. However, the truly amazing part of the story was yet to come. While the bird remained on the shoe, my daughter reached over and with her fingers carefully began removing one tiny particle of debris at a time. The hummingbird stayed put. After the cleaning, it lingered for another few minutes, then off it flew. When my daughter described this scene to me, I was astonished. I have had many close encounters with hummingbirds, those messengers of healing, love, hope and joy, but I have never even heard of anything like this. Feeling its heartbeat and being in such close proximity to those brilliant iridescent feathers - I can only imagine. I continue to marvel at what is possible.