If a Sparrow (or a Hummingbird) Falls to the Ground…

As a writer, sometimes the harder I work, the more a story eludes me.

One August day last year, near 100 degrees, my writing wasn’t coming together. I’d worked on the same article for days.ย  At 4:30 that afternoon, I did something very un-Julie-ish. I took a break and went to the pool at the Y. I plopped in a lounge chair, but my brain kept working.

My cell rang. “You won’t believe what I’m doing,” my husband said “This poor hummingbird got stuck in the shop. She’d been flying around the ceiling, wearing herself out. Probably dehydrated. I stretched out my hand and she landed on it.”

“You’re kidding.”

“Nope. I asked one of the guys to make her some sugar water.”

Bless my husband’s sweet heart.

“She sat in my hand and drank from the lid of a bottled water. I took her outside and she flew away.”

If my husband, the mechanic, cares about a worn-out hummingbird…

I sensed God saying, Julie, you’re just like that hummingbird. Relax. Take a break. I’m here.

I swam in the pool for a while. Then I closed my eyes and rested in the sun. I didn’t work anymore that day. A couple of days later, the missing piece of my story came to me.

“But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” Matthew 10:29 (NLT)

Anybody tired and ready to give up? Rest isย a gift, even a form of trust.





  1. This is beautiful, and bless your husband’s heart! Have a great day!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you so much, B.J. I love his heart too! He keeps me laughing, that’s for sure. And I believe he has the gift of faith.

  2. Pat Garczynski says:

    Thanks, Julie, for Sweet Words! I have always liked the accounting of the single sparrow that goes on to say “You are worth more than an entire flock of sparrows.” In two weeks, I will move from my home of 40 years. I am taking a small cement statue from my yard that was a gift from my sister-in-law years ago. It is of a small boy holding a bird (sparrow?) in his hands.

    • Julie says:

      Hey, Pat!! You’re so right….worth more than an entire flock of sparrow. So, I’m guessing you closed on your house? ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that you’re taking the statue–it says so much. xoxo

  3. I love that husband of yours. And girl, I needed this today. Right now at this moment, I needed it.
    I love u

    • Julie says:

      Thought about you as I wrote it, Robin. I love you too.

  4. A. I love watching “my hummingbirds”
    B GREAT blog and lesson!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Tom. We watch hummingbirds too–every morning on the porch. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you “get” it.

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