Daily Devos for the Family – Lessons from a Hummingbird

Beautiful Photo Compliments of Sandra Heska King

I hope that if you’re doing these devotions with the family, you’ve enjoyed asking the children some of the questions throughout this series and adjusting them to their age levels. There’s something very precious and revealing about spending time to together in the Word and helping the children understand the Lord on a deeper, more intimate level.

Can you believe the lessons we’re learning from those pint size guys! 

Today, as we continue to examine the lessons we can learn from the hummingbird, we will look at the affect this tiny little creature has on creation. It’s amazing, my friend! 🙂

Hummingbirds are an important part of the eco-environment and in North America alone, there are over 160 plants that depend solely on the hummingbird for pollination.

The pollination process of the hummingbird is reminiscent of a child licking the cookie batter out of the bowl. It pollinates the flowers by rubbing its face in flowers with each lick of the nectar! Cute huh!

If the hummingbird didn’t need the nectar, it wouldn’t pollinate the flowers that are dependent upon it. And if it didn’t get it’s face all into it, the flowers would not be pollinated and would then cease to grow.

The hummingbirds need the flowers and the flowers need the hummingbirds!

Sounds a lot like believers, doesn’t it?!

God created us to do life together. That whole, “forsake not the assembly” thing is for our good. We need each other to grow and we flourish when we’re nourished by one another.

I Thessalonians 5:18 in the Amplified tells us…

“Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.”

The Bible also tells us in Proverbs 27:17 that…

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”

Much like the flower and hummingbird are dependent upon one another to grow and flourish – we are dependent upon one another too.

Another Beautiful Sandra Heska King Photo

Flowers can’t grow and various species of flowers can even become extinct if the hummingbird doesn’t choose to stick its tiny face in there and begin to pollinate them. The same is true for us.

If we become task oriented instead of people oriented, we might get things done, but we miss the opportunity make a difference in people’s lives in the process. Just like the flower and the hummingbird – we have an interdependent relationship with one another.

Let’s Get Personal…

1. What are you doing to surround yourself with people who will be like nectar to your soul?

2. Who are you intentionally pollinating with your words and with your life?

3. Are you willing to get your face in there and really get involved in others lives or is it easier to ‘love’ them from a distance?

4. Do you worry that you might get stung (bees like nectar too) if you get too close to someone?

5. What can you choose to do that will impact someone today? 

Extra Credit:

1. List the names of those who are closet to you and write out at least one thing you can do to intentionally impact them this week.

2. Take note of the various ways others impact your life and send them a big THANK YOU note for making a difference.

By the way, sweet friends – I’m so thankful for the way y’all impact my life! Thanks for rubbing your face in my world! Love ya! 🙂

Oh…and don’t you just love the beautiful hummingbird pics provided by Sandra Heska King?! Can you believe she took these through her kitchen window?! What a beautiful site to watch! I’d love for you to go check out her blog at http://sandraheskaking.com/ and be sure to say hi!


  1. Hear my tires squeal to a stop at this line? “And if it didn't get its face all into it, . . .” It just gave me the picture of falling into Him face first and splashing in all His wonder so I can pollinate others.

    And the cookie bowl thing reminded me of little Lil this week and the photos I posted of her and her ice cream cone and her face smeared with delight.

    This is one of my favs, Steph.

    And thanks for the love. 🙂

  2. Hi Sandra ~ Love that face plant into our Fanther's heart! I love how there is so much we can glean from the tiniest of God's creation! So much more, but only one more day of lessons from a hummingbird.

    Thanks again for the pics!

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