They were in a serious battle!!
Two hummingbirds sword fighting over the bird feeder, threatening each other with such intensity that neither could drink the sweet nectar for fear it meant a fatal stabbing.
It was great entertainment for me as I sat on my back patio with my morning coffee; it also brought a very clear lesson about conflict in relationships.
Sometimes we grow so self-focused in relational conflict that we actually prevent one another from drinking the sweet nectar ever-present in the midst of it all.
You know Who I’m talking about… our Savior Jesus. He waits quietly while we busy ourselves over self-defense because we have taken offense.
Listen to God’s word from the book of Colossians;” Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything in perfect harmony. And LET the peace of Christ RULE in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.” (3:12-15)
The highlight of my hummingbird entertainment was observing both birds fly away without having received food from the feeder. They managed to keep each other from the one thing they needed and desired.
I heard God’s voice loud and clear that morning before I had even opened my Bible!