Saturday, August 21, 2010

Miraculous happenings

So, I've been promising this one for a while. This last week was spent partly in Palisade picking, sorting, and packing peaches; and partly in Montrose haying and canning peaches. But while we were in Palisade, the most amazing thing happened.

I was standing at the back of the peach trailor, sorting peaches, and trying to survive the hot sun. If any of you are from the deep south you're probably laughing at me now. Yes, it was only about ninety five degrees with not too high humidity. But I'm used to the high mountain breezes, and the temperature being around eighty degrees.

Anyway, I was standing there, trying not to pass out when I heard a commotion behind me. My uncle Dan and my sister, Hannah, were picking peaches back there, and I turned around just as a dove flew out of the tree they were picking. Pretty soon Hannah called for me to come over. So I did, and saw a little nest with two tiny ugly little doves in it. That was a shocker! I've only seen killdeer nests up close.

So, we got back to work, and let the doves alone in peace. Hannah and Dan had moved further along the row, and maybe onto another one, when Hannah started hearing a tiny little humming noise every time she picked a peach. Finally she realized it was coming from the tree, so she started looking, and she found a tiny little hummingbird nest. It had one baby in it, and it kept humming in a high pitched tone for it's mother. It was hungry, and we left it alone after a couple minutes. But those sights stayed with me all day. How rare is it to see a hummingbird nest with a little baby in it? I had a wonderful trip, but I'm glad to be back home for a few days.


  1. It is really something else when we see God's Creation up close like that. The trouble is that it's all around us all the time, so unless we're exposed to something novel, like baby birds in a nest, we're tempted to begin ignoring. I forget who said it, but their point was that as Christians we should try to maintain a child-like surprise at the little things, that we should be amazed and filled with wonder at simple things like a blade of grass, or the way a chicken scratches at the ground for food, or how do they get the bubbles in a bottle of soda. Anyway, I still think its pretty cool getting to see those baby birds.

    "What did the humingbird say when it laid an ostrich egg?"

    "I don't know; what?"


  2. Exactly, Zach. Sometimes it's hard to see a miracle in a peach when you've picked, sorted, and packed over a hundred. But each one is a miracle. Thanks for the comment. :) And Lol at the joke. :D

  3. Beautiful story, Beth. A lesson in always keeping alert for the unexpected blessings around us. So many times we dismiss them as inconsequential instead of taking a few moments to appreciate them. Sometimes the small things are the most awe inspiring.

  4. That's right Marie. Thanks for the comment!!! :)