God makes a way of escape

Published 5:03 pm Thursday, October 8, 2020

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As spring approaches I begin to count down the days, until my hummingbirds arrive.

Every year, I keep track of their arrival and departure.  As those that love hummingbirds understand, it is a wonderful “site and sound” experience.


A few years ago, fall was beginning to set in and it soon would be time for them to migrate back to South America.  Signs of fall bring beautiful color and the unexpected beauty that comes with spider webs.  Yes, I said spider webs.

My routine is to sit at the window and take all of creation in as I drink coffee, watch the hummingbirds’ tank up and this particular day; admire the spider webs glisten with dew in the sunlight.  However, as I sat there I noticed one of my hummingbirds was not doing the usual zipidty-doo-dah.  It was like he was suspended.

I got up and went outside.  The hummingbird was tangled in one of the webs.  I think the spider was more scared of what to do than the hummingbird was afraid he might just be breakfast.  My husband helped and we took the hummingbird out of the web, but he had been trying so hard to get out that the more he struggled the more webbing he had on his wings.

By this time, my son is involved and we are trying hard to figure out how to help without hurting this tiny bird.  My son went and got a bowl of warm water and a dish rag.  We set the bird in the bowl and began to give him a little bath and removed the webbing he was entangled.  He tried to fly, but was not successful.  He dove straight into the ground.

We picked the bird up and let him sit in our hands for a minute.  We allowed him time to get orientated. Then momentarily he got up, moved his wings and then he took off.  It was truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Looking back, this little hummingbird reminded me that we all need to be rescued.   The hummingbird would have never received freedom, unless we were willing to help him. It is the same with mankind. Sin is like a huge spider web and the only way of escape is through Gods’ hands.

The Word reminds us, “Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful. No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person. But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful. (Romans 5:6-8)  God made a way for us to escape from the biggest web ever. All we have to do is have faith in Jesus and He will set us free.