- On a
little island way out in the Pacific there lived a boy who had
no friends. The only friend he had all through school was a
little blue hummingbird. They did everything together, but soon
the boy went off to high school. While he was there he saw the
most beautiful girl and he made up his mind to ask her to go
with him to the dance.
- Now, this
girl was very popular and did not want to be seen with the boy.
So she said she would go with him to the dance if he could bring
her a red rose.
- Now, on
this island there were no red roses, only white roses so the boy
went home thinking of some way to get her a red one. The
hummingbird, sensing his confusion and sadness decided he had to
do something to help him get a red rose. When the boy went in
the house the hummingbird knew what he had to do.
- In front
of the boy's house were some white rose bushes. The hummingbird
flew straight into the sharpest thorn and bled all over one of
the roses, turning it red. Soon after, he fluttered to the
ground and died.
boy came out and saw the beautiful red rose, but didn't notice
the hummingbird lying nearby. He joyfully picked the rose and
set off toward the girl's house. On his way there he met some
popular boys playing football in the street who beckoned for him
to come over and play. At first he held the rose tightly and
declined, saying he couldn't, and he had to go somewhere. The
boys asked him a few more times and finally he said he would
play. He threw the rose on the ground as he muttered to himself,
" Oh, she didn't really want to go with me anyway."
story is symbolic of the Atonement. The boy being us, the
hummingbird being Christ, and the boys playing football being
the things of the world.
not forget what He has done for you.