The other evening, I was out in the yard with the dog and stopped to deadhead — pull some dead bloom off — some of my flowers. As I was working, I noticed what I thought was a large moth flying around me. I finally took a moment to look at the moth and discovered it wasn't a moth at all. It was the tiniest hummingbird I have ever seen. This tiny bird was probably not over 1-1/2 inches long.

Amazingly, this little hummingbird totally ignored me and just kept flying all around me dipping its beak into the flowers. I stood there for a good while watching it with delight. Then I decided to go inside to get my wife, but when we returned, the little hummingbird was gone. I truly enjoyed those few special minutes. The Father in heaven used them to impact my heart through His wondrous creation.

As I said, our dog was with me. However, a cat had been in the yard earlier, so she was busy sniffing the ground and completely missed the marvelous tiny bird.

I wonder how often we are like our dog. We are so busy looking at the ground — focusing on worldly things — that we never see the marvelous works of God all round us.

Believe me when I say that I know how hard it is NOT to focus entirely upon the things of the world that so press upon us. Charles Hummel wrote his classic essay "Tyranny of the Urgent," in 1967 and identified the problem we have with this in our daily lives. That is what we deal with, isn't it? The tyranny of the urgent keeps us from dealing with what is really important. This is a very real problem!

Shut out the world for a moment!
So, how about stopping for about 10 seconds, shut out the world for a moment, and focus on something wondrous around you. God spoke through David in Psalms 46:10 and said, "Be still, and know that I am God." As simple as that sounds, it is one of the hardest things in the world for us to do, isn't it?

Stop and take a "God break." I just did and I needed it! How about you?