Like a Hummingbird in a Storm: God’s Provision in Hard Economic Times

written by Kelly Langston | Featured, Promised-Based Living

November 18, 2010

I peered from my bedroom window into the ominous gloom of a storm that had blown into my hometown of Charlotte, NC.

The sky grumbled with thunder and the wind whistled through the trees in my backyard. Awed by the storm’s might, I watched as branches rose and fell sharply, the wind plucking leaves from tree limbs to send them dancing through the air. Dangerous flashes of lightning lit the sky.

So it is in my own life right now, I thought as a sharp burst of lightning cracked overhead causing the foundations of our home to tremble.

In these hard economic times, our future is as dark and ominous as this storm.

I winced at the memory of the uneasy expression my husband carried home each night for over two years now. Day after day, he chased new development projects–projects that had all but disappeared in the dwindling housing and development market–as a harsh economic storm rolled across America. Over the course of time we watched this financial tempest pluck away the simplest of comforts of life, comforts that we once took for granted.

The economic storm had taken away all but the necessities of life. Gone was our cable television subscription.  We no longer scheduled weekend trips or vacations, and money for new clothing was a struggle. Our children did not attend piano lessons or sports camps.  We struggled to find money for dental visits and medications for our autistic son, Alec. We paid off our car debt on our two old cars and watched as the mileage on our old van crept well above the 170,000 mile mark. We were one major car repair bill away from going under.

As our family teetered on the edge of financial ruin, we prayed, watched and waited to see if God’s promises were true. Could we really depend on Him to sustain us in the storm?

Peering out of my window, my eyes fell to an impossibly tiny shape perched solidly at the end of a branch: a hummingbird.  I watched as it swayed and pitched with the violent wind, but not once did it stagger or stumble.

Incredible! How does that miniature bird remain standing on that branch in these winds?  As I watched the bird, I heard His answer:

I AM the God Who even the winds obey! Just as I hold this hummingbird, I also hold fast to you! So do not fear the storm. Know that I AM with you, even in the midst of it!

Oh sweet Jesus, help us to remember how powerful You are! May we never forget that you are faithful to Your promise to care and sustain us through the biggest storms of life!

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Matthew 8:26-27 NIV

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Kelly Langston sees prayer move mountains... and she writes about it. Author and prayer enthusiast, inspires through her writing, combining faith, storytelling, and transformative prayer to encourage deeper a rich spiritual connection with the Father. Having authored four non-fiction books and a series of "God Speaks" digital journals, she guides readers towards intimate conversations with God and recognizes the impact of prayer on our world.

  • Sweet Kelly…thank you for sharing from the inner bowels of your storm. Your words are so applicable to all storms of life. And your honesty and vulnerability is refreshing. Thank you for pointing us back to God’s truth!

    Love, Sam (from the Proverbs office)

  • Thanks for sharing this…I saw the title of the article on my home page and felt drawn to read it. It touched my heart!!! I so needed to hear of our LORD’S Sweet Words to you. And after reading it, I saw where Sam commented on it. She too, has such a way with words…in making them come alive.

  • Thank you so much for sharing. My family is in a similar situation. Daily God is given me a word to trust Him through it. Today it has been your story. I pray God’s comfort and blessings over you and your family.

    Carla

  • Thankyou so much for that reminder. I am teetering on the brink of stepping into the storm and out of the safety of the boat wondering if that is where God is calling me, a decision I have to take. After a lot of prayer and no clear answer to be reminded that God is in control and he loves and cares for us was one I needed to hear when I read this – Thankyou

  • This is such a beautiful picture of God’s provision for us. He is with us always and He is always providing. Lord, help me to always see your hand working in my life. Thanks for this post.

  • Wow!!! I saw the title to this last night on facebook from my phone. I was unable to read the entire article. THANK YOU for the reminder that HE IS FAITHFUL!!! Our family is (much like yours, and many others I’m sure) also in a financial storm…we own a car dealership and things are NOT GOOD. But today, in the midst of this storm I KNOW that HE will sustain us! God bless you for your transparency!

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