The Hummingbird Inn
Ron told me on the phone as we were making our reservations that he and Sherry were high school sweethearts! In a world that encourages change it is nice to see commitment. It is nice to hear about people thats love at a young age has grown stronger through the years. Ron and Sherry have been married for over forty years and started The Hummingbird Inn eight years ago. Ron was in construction and the house was constructed on a mountain surrounded by a breathtaking view about twenty years ago! They have had the idea for a long time that this would make a perfect bed and breakfast place. After the kids got older their dream became a reality!
I don’t remember exactly how many weddings he told me they had each year but the total was in the hundreds! What a beautiful start to a marriage this venue is as you can literally see for miles and miles! With each one the hope is that they will be as happy as Ron and Sherry, and that the breathtaking view that is seen from their beautiful home may be a sign of endless possibilites of their future together!
We were amazed that the roads were so narrow as we were driving to the Hummingbird Inn. Not only narrow but winding hills with no guard rails. It wasn’t a road that you wanted to drive if you were drowsy. Falling asleep on that road could send your car tumbling down the mountain. When attempting to make the drive to Branson from The Hummingbird Inn we got turned around. I was amazed that when I finally spotted someone to ask directions of, he told me that if we continued going south either road would get us there. It was like the old Yogi Berra line when describing how to get to his house, “when you come to a fork in the road take it.” This was not the case when driving to The Hummingbird Inn. One missed little turn could send you miles out of the way with no option of turning around. The whole scenerio makes me think of the verses in the Bible about the narrow and wide gates. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14.
Ron told me that in about a week the hummingbirds would be coming back. He had prepared by buying forty pounds of sugar. Mixing the sugar with water in their feeder is a very time consuming job. It is a job however that is done with love, the same love that their human guests get as they are welcomed into their lovely home. The hummingbirds and guests have found a nice home at Ron and Sherry’s place! It is up in the mountains about 14 miles from Branson Missouri. People from miles and miles away travel to leave the hustle and bustle of life for a couple of days to a week.
The hummingbirds travel for miles and miles to come back to a place that they love! We were told that their hummingbirds migrate to South America in the winter. Truly amazing that a little bird that is hardly bigger than a wasp can travel that kind of distance!
As I was sitting by the window having the wonderful breakfasts that the Inn specialized in, I could see the beautiful view from the mountain. I could see for miles and miles. Sometime we will come back when the hummingbirds are there. In the backyard of the Inn they thrive! Ron and Sharon always have their food prepared just like their guests inside! It will be so delightful to see the hummingbirds enjoying their stay while eating my breakfast enjoying mine!
Sometimes the hummingbirds lose their way when they are at the Hummingbird Inn. Ron told me that occassionally one might accidentily fly into the house. There is a lot of room in the house but the hummingbird’s will end up hovering by the ceiling. Not knowing what to do they become like deer in the headlights and freeze. We were told that the only way to show them the door is to use a broom. Usually in all of the excitement the birds will drop down to the floor as they become too tired to go any further. As Ron told us they are almost in a surrender state as they seem to say “go ahead and eat me.” Of course when they are on the floor they can easily be picked up and transported outside again! Once outside Ron shared that it is amazing how re-energized they become as they feel the freshness that freedom has to offer!
The contrast is truly amazing! The little hummingbird can fly thousands of miles and yet when scared by a broom in a closed unfamiliar environment they become totally exhausted and ready to give up. Just like the hummingbird, (some of the littlest of God’s creation), we are the same way. Sometimes we get trapped in life and lose our way. When we give up and let God take over he lovingly sets us free! “Look at the birds in the air”, Jesus told the gathering. “They do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” “Are you not much more valuable than they?” He was telling the people not to worry. His message was that their heavenly Father would take care of them! Ron and Sherry care deeply for their guests (both people and hummingbirds) Much like God shows his love for us, they open up their home for travelers near and far. All roads do not lead to the Hummingbird Inn, but thousands of people and hummingbirds alike will attest that when The Hummingbird Inn is found it feels like home!