Torpor - God's Provision
We were surprised and amazed this winter to find that our hummingbirds
did not migrate in fall but kept coming to our feeders !
A bit of google-research revealed that the Annas Hummingbird no longer bothers to fly south for the winter.
So we have been diligent in making sure that our feeders stay filled and thawed!
It was a strange sight to see the hummingbird fly through the falling snow to come feed.
I wondered how they could survive the severe cold with temperature dipping far below freezing. I learned that God equipped them in a unique way.
When it is very cold, the tiny hummingbird just goes into Torpor for night
-- a kind of temporary hibernation where they almost completely shut down. It very effectively conserves their life and energy. Then about two hours before sunrise they begin to raise their heart rate and body function and are ready to fly and feed again at daybreak.
When God tells us to look at the birds and see how He cares for them, I think He means us to understand the message that....
a God who so carefully provides for the smallest of His creatures
would surely also provide for us.
It is without thought or worry that the little hummingbird knows when to go into Torpor.
It is a well-designed built-in software program that works without fail.
It is not unlike how God designed our bodies.
When it becomes so cold that our body could be in danger,
our 'programmed software' also sends out a message ... "Too cold.. too cold ... "
and we know to put on extra clothing or find warm shelter.
Man must apply intelligence to our body's given messages --
but it is no less a 'gift' of our Creator's care that our bodies send out the warning!
Have you ever thanked God
for the fact that your body lets you know when it is getting too cold?
In all things, our Creator Father is a caring, loving Provider!
I will praise You,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvellous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.