I heard a preacher quote Steve Goodier: “Both the hummingbird and the vulture fly over our nation’s deserts. All vultrues see is rotting meat, because that is what they look for. They thrive on that diet. But hummingbirds ignore the smelly flesh of dead animals. Instead, they look for the colorful blossoms of desert plants. The vultures live on what was. They live on the past. They fill themselves with what is dead and gone. But hummingbirds live on what is. They seek knew life. They fill themselves with freshness and life. Each bird finds what it is looking for. We all do.”
I used this illustration in a semon on Habakkuk. In chapter one Habakkuk focused on the problems inside and outside his backsidden nation and complained to God twice. Finally, in chapter three Habakkuk began to worship God and Habakkuk no longer complained but ended his book rejoicing in God’s provision.