While walking around the lake, I am always amazed that God can show me something new; something completely different from what I’ve ever seen or noticed before. His imagination and creativity are endless, and I believe He delights in showing them to us. It is we, who so often don’t take the time to seek Him out. He is always there and ready to share.
There are many birds that live around our little lake. Some come and go with the seasons, some stay all year, and I have pretty much catalogued them. So seeing a Belted Kingfisher was not particularly unusual. It’s a large dark blue bird 12-14 inches tall, with a huge head, white collar, and thick, prominent beak. Many times I have seen them sitting or flying near the water.
Evidently, I had never seen them fishing before. To my surprise, I saw this foot-long bird hovering 20 feet or so above the water, behaving as though it were a tiny hummingbird. It looked very strange as it beat its large wings back and forth so furiously to stay suspended above the water. Then in a flash, it streaked toward the surface and disappeared underneath. Reappearing, it flew to a tree and in moments, took up its position 20 feet above the water again; wings beating furiously to stay in place.
Watching hummingbirds, I’ve marveled at how very fast their tiny wings vibrate to produce the hum and hover state for their tiny bodies.
Their wings are a blur as their bodies seem to move effortlessly; gliding to the nectar feeders and then streaking off with a whir. In contrast, the Kingfisher looks awkward, as though it is straining incredibly to maintain its position in midair before it shoots downward to possess its prey.
After several tries, the bird surfaced with a large fish and carried it off to enjoy the bounty of its meal.
How amazing that God provides for our needs in such wonderful and creative ways. Each of His creatures fills a niche in this interdependent world. Yet we must each take possession of His provision. The kingfisher must fish. And it is not easy. It takes an incredible expenditure of energy. God makes provision for us to have what we need. But we fuss when it’s not easy for us to recognize it and get it.
Am I willing to beat my wings furiously and exhaust myself completely for God’s best for me? And give Him glory for His perfect provision?
Are we willing to be Kingfishers for the King?