A Lesson from Fighting Hummingbirds

This morning I watched a pair of hummingbirds fight over the sweet syrup I have in one of our five feeders.

1 (1)As soon as one got near the feeder, the other chased it away. I couldn’t tell if one was the aggressor (as often happens) or if both were being selfish.

Because they fly and swoop so quickly, I never did get a shot with both in the same picture.

1 (4)They fought for a full fifteen minutes – never letting the other one at the syrup.

I would have liked to tell them to share – that there is enough syrup for both of them because there are four other feeders and each is filled with fresh syrup. 🙂

PS: I am writing this eight hours after taking these pictures – and they are back at it again. 🙂

Both will starve if they keep this up.

1 (2)As I watched them, I thought about the many times Christians do the same thing – fight over a spiritual matter – even though there is enough “sweet stuff” for everyone.

Psalm 119:113 reminds us that God’s Word and its teachings are sweeter than honey.

There is enough for each of us, but when we fight, no one is feasting on the sweet Word of God.

Could that be part of the reason why there is great spiritual starvation in our nation and in the world – because of selfishness and fighting within the Church.

DSC_5599I smiled when I saw this one on a high branch – waiting for the other – to make sure it wouldn’t take its syrup. However, the entire time it sat here it could not take in the fresh, sweet syrup that I put out yesterday.

How many times do people (including me) do that? Sit self-righteously – from what we think is a high place – looking down on those we do not understand – those who make mistakes or even blatantly sin.

How much of God’s sweet nectar (His Word) do we miss because our attitude is feasting on anger, selfishness, or jealously?

DSC_5572Then I saw something that made me smile. While those two fought over the syrup in one feeder, this one peacefully drank from another.

Selfish, controlling Christians can starve spiritually while others are peacefully drinking in God’s Word.

DSC_5594Then I noticed another feeder – something of another species.

Could this represent a Christian from another denomination or country – someone who looks and thinks differently than you or me.  Maybe it’s someone with whom we strongly disagree. Consider that this person may be taking in the sweet Word of God while you or I sit in a self-righteous high place – starving spiritually – while trying to be in control.

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I love when God teaches me lessons from nature.

Truckers Day at The Buck

Saturday, August 20

The Buck (1)We were  honored to have the International Chapel at Buck Motorsports.

The Buck (2)Our view from the chapel.

I am going to make an effort to meet that driver. 🙂

The Buck (3)Inge talking to Jim Stouffer, who came to tell us that we featured his truck on the cover of a Highway News in 1996 after he had been to the Lebanon Truck Rally.

The Buck (4)Inge also took a picture of me talking to him.

The Buck (5)After our visit with Jim, I walked across the driveway to meet Charles Gale who drives this beauty.

The Buck (6)He was pleased to show me inside his cab/sleeper. Notice his bed folds into the wall.

The Buck (7)it was designed by the previous owner and included beautiful myrtlewood cabinets and trim.

The Buck (8)The bathroom includes a shower.

The Buck (9)He has to be careful about the weight of his loads, because the tractor weighs 29,500 pounds.

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The Buck (11)I think it would be nice if someone donated a truck like this to TFC so we could deliver chapels with it. 🙂

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The Buck (13)After that visit, I walked around the lot looking for other truck-related scenery.

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The Buck (19)Many drivers were polishing their trucks.

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The Buck (34)This is how some truckers retire or take vacations.

The Buck (35)Others like old trucks.

The Buck (36)Bob (volunteer chaplain) and Glenn (Cerwin’s chapel construction assistant) visit outside the chapel.

The Buck (37)Glenn was along to take the chapel back to the shop since Cerwin and I had to leave early for a memorial service and Chaplain Jake was going to a wedding.

The Buck (38)Chaplain Jake was visiting with this woman and her children when we left.

It was nice spending time with drivers and seeing some beautiful rigs.

Playing Qwirkle & Saying Goodbye to Diane & Hannah

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Josiah came to spend some time with his mom and sister before they went back to Maine.

DSC_5227He enjoys playing Qwirkle and teaches us how to get better at the game each time we play.

DSC_5231Sunday morning, August 21.

The worst part about a quick trip to Pennsylvania is that it is over too soon.

DSC_5233The best part about quick trips is that we get to spend time with them.

DSC_5237Thankfully they were safely home by evening.

It’s a 9-to-10-hour-trip.

Visiting Josiah at Sturdy Built Manufacturing

Friday, August 19

Sturdy Built (1)During Josiah’s visit with us, his mom and sister Hannah, he learned that we were going to be shopping not far from Sturdy Built where he works.

He told us that he would give us a tour if we stopped in.

Sturdy Built (2)This is a sampling of some of the things they build.

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Sturdy Built (5)Diane, Hannah, and Josiah

Sturdy Built (6)They have some amazing machines that do amazing things.

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Sturdy Built (9)Abby and Anthony were with us.

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Sturdy Built (27)After the Sturdy Built tour Josiah took us to a nearby Italian restaurant, then we continued shopping (mostly second hand stores) and he went back to work.

Thanks, Josiah, the tour was interesting and lunch was delicious.