Once, long ago in the African jungle, a terrible forest fire broke out. It raged through the jungle, and all of the animals fled in terror before it. They hopped, ran, flew, crawled and slithered until they reached the open plain. Then they stood at the forest edge, staring back into the flames in horror as their homes were consumed.
But then one of the animals noticed a hummingbird that flew toward the flames, disappeared, and emerged again a short time later. The hummingbird flew toward a nearby creek and scooped up a beakful of water, little more than a few drops. Then it flew back toward the fire, dropped its load of water onto the flames and returned to the creek once more.
The animals watched in amazement, and one said to the hummingbird, “Why are you doing that? It’s ridiculous. Those tiny drops of water won’t make any difference. You are too small, you won’t stop the fire! What do you think you are doing?”
The hummingbird replied, “I am doing what I can.”