I believe a Rufous Hummingbird has buzzed my head each morning when I have taken the dogs out for the past week. I say I believe, not because I have doubt for I am quite certain a hummingbird has buzzed my head each morning for a week. I say I believe because I’m not 100% certain it is a Rufous Hummingbird. According to the books it could also be an Allen Hummingbird as they are almost indistinguishable. The Rufous are more common in these parts so I doubt that it is the Allen.
You see how that works? I have no doubt as to whether there is a hummingbird I have some doubt of its exact type. I can live with the doubt. Doubt makes space for mystery. I like the mystery. At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter if it is a Rufous Hummingbird or an Allen Hummingbird. It is magnificent. It is a wonder. It is a treat to watch and I am honored that I have become a part of its world just as it has now become a part of mine. I am giddy with excitement when it shows up. I am drunk on anticipation as I wait to catch a glimpse.
Excitement and Anticipation urge me into preparation. If I want the little beauty to be around all season then I must prepare. I clean the feeder and fill it with fresh sweet water. I pull the weeds from the flower beds so that the blooms can find breathing space. I will plant new flowers so that there will be plenty of nectar for this flying little marvel.
As we enter into the 5th week of Lent what preparations have you made? What doubts do you have? Is anticipation driving you to make ready the way? Are you enjoying the mystery or lost in the mundane? Do you recognize the hummingbirds in your life?