Guest Blogger: Doug Mayer as told to Brenda Koinis
My finances were a wreck. Despite plenty of hard work, my debts kept growing. Finally, I sought out a counselor, hoping to figure out how to make ends meet. Her words surprised me. “You have to quit your job and look for a better one.”
Quit my job? I couldn’t imagine leaving the company where I’d worked for thirteen years. How would I ever have the courage to do that? I did the only thing I knew to do. I prayed. I needed guidance, assurance that the counselor’s advice was worth taking. So I asked God to do something extraordinary for me.
Several weeks earlier, I’d hung a hummingbird feeder on my back porch. The results had been disappointing. Not a single one of those fascinating fliers had made its way to my supply of sugar syrup. As I prayed, I thought of that hummingbird feeder and out popped this prayer, “Lord, if it’s really time to leave the job I’ve held so long, would you please show me a hummingbird?”
I headed home and called my bride-to-be. When she heard what I had done, she was horrified. She told me no one should ever ask God to jump through hoops. That hadn’t been my intention at all. God knew my heart, but just to be sure, I prayed again saying, “Lord, I don’t want you to jump through hoops for me. I never meant to ask for anything offensive. I just need to know what to do. So, please, would you show me a hummingbird?”
A few minutes later, as I walked through the house, I glanced out back. Not one, but two hummingbirds were buzzing by the feeder. Then four, then six. Before long, a whole swarm of hummingbirds were flying around that lone feeder in my back yard. And as they did, my faith swelled.
I quit that job. I married that woman. Now we have two girls of our own. I have a job I love. My finances are back in shape. And I tell my hummingbird story every chance I get.
The Bible says, “You have not because you ask not” (James 4:2). Sometimes we need to have the faith to ask for big things. Sometimes we need to ask for something as small as a hummingbird.
1 Corinthians 13 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
13 If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up;
5 Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child.
12 We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known.
13 And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.