By Joseph J. Mazzella • March 11, 2018

I got a lovely gift in the mail last week. It was a pair of framed pictures. Both were high resolution photographs of birds. They were so beautiful. One in particular caught my eye. It was of a hummingbird frozen in mid-flight. It was flying upside down with its tail feathers held up to hold it steady while its little wings beat. Its long, needle nose was reaching deep into a drooping flower to feast on its sweet nectar. It looked so small, yet so full of life.

I have always loved hummingbirds ever since I was a little boy. I would eagerly wait for Spring and Summer to arrive so I could watch them. I was amazed by their aerial acrobatics. I would gaze at them for hours as they zoomed in and out of flowers and fought for places at the bird feeders we would set out for them. They seemed to defy the laws of nature with how fast their wings would beat, how they could hover in midair around a blossom, how they could fly sideways, backwards, and even upside down. They were a true miracle to behold and every time I looked at them I would smile. They were a wonderful reminder of the complexity of God’s creation and the power of God’s love.

Albert Einstein once said that “There are only two ways to live your life, as though nothing is a miracle or as though everything is a miracle.” I will always choose the latter. I will always see the miracle that is life: be it the rising sun, the roar of the ocean, the cry of a newborn baby, or the sight of a hummingbird in flight.

Always remember that life is a miracle and always remember that you can be a miracle too. You can be a miracle of love. You can be a miracle of kindness. You can be a miracle in the life of another. You can be God’s miracle in this world. Be the miracle then. Let your soul fly through this life and into the next.


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