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Advent Devo Day 19

Thursday, December 16, 2021

“A Tiny Messenger with a Big Message”

Regina K. Carson, Chesterfield, VA

Isaiah 40:28-31

A couple of years ago, I had a “routine” operation that led to two more hospitalizations and illnesses of all kinds. My operation was in February. By May, I was underweight and exhausted. I barely had the energy to make it through the day. I wondered if I would get well or if life would now be like this.

Every morning, I sat on our deck, watched the birds, and prayed. One day, while holding my prayer beads, my head bowed in prayer, I suddenly heard the fast beat of tiny wings. I looked up at a Ruby Throated Hummingbird hovering inches from my face.

The bird darted from side to side but centered itself before me again. Clear as the sight of the little bird, these words came into my mind: “You are small, but just like this tiny hummingbird, you are strong.”

God knew I’d been reading about hummingbirds. They fly 500 miles nonstop across the Gulf of Mexico to return from their migration. I wondered how something that small could make such an arduous journey. Now, because God gave me this sign, I knew I could make my trip back to health.

Prayer: Father, thank you for listening to our prayers and meeting us in our everyday lives. Amen.


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