Lessons from a Honeybee

Honeybee092314No3I always have to keep my eye out for bumblebees when I pick flowers in the garden. Sometimes a hard-working little fella doesn’t make it home before bedtime, and he sets up camp on the colorful cushion of a zinnia for the night. He’s not always real happy about me shaking up his campsite.

The honeybees are a little more easy-going. They’re so busy working, they don’t have much time to worry about me. They love the mint that is flowering next to one of the chairs on our deck, so I’ve had a front row seat to watch their late-summer labors. The basil down in the garden is another of their favorite hangouts. The row usually buzzes with the sounds of their diligent work.

Honeybee092314No2I had to smile (and be careful) one morning out on the deck. I had picked a box full of basil. Some of it had already started to flower, and the bees were objecting to me disturbing their work. I took the box up to the deck and sat down to listen to a sermon online while I stripped the leaves off their stems. Leaves were going into a bowl for pesto, and stems went into a grocery bag.

I caught myself, though, as I started to drop some more stems into the bag. Down in the shadows of the bag, happily doing what God has made him to do, was an industrious little bee, going from flower to flower, deeper and deeper into the bag, sipping that sweet nectar one last time before the remnants got tossed into the compost pile.

Honeybee092314No1That faithful little bee was an inspiration. He wasn’t questioning God. He wasn’t complaining. He wasn’t waiting for someone else to do the job. He didn’t appear to be thinking it was unfair that some of his fellow bees were back at the hive while he had to fly around all day gathering nectar. He wasn’t giving up when the job got hard. He was going above and beyond the call of duty as he followed those basil blossoms into that bag.

He was just doing the job God has given him, and he was glorifying God and blessing others — especially me — while he was doing it.

Lord, help me to be like that little bee.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Great blog…and loved your pictures.

  2. daughter of the King

    Thanks for sharing. It is similar to what God has been stirring in me.What a wonderful example and reminder of how we should be (pun intended). What impressed me is his determination to get the work done that God has given him to do, no matter what!~~ Comparrison can kill our joy, but being yeilded and dilligent in our work for the Lord makes the heart glad.

  3. The Lord has been stirring this in my heart for the past month. An excellent reminder to look at when I need it; to do what the Lord has called me to do; working diligently and yielded to His calling in all ways.
    Thank you for sharing………..Bless you!

  4. I Love your comparison to the honey bee. They are such amazing creatures that our loving Creator has given to us. Not only by their example, but also by the way they help us with our gardens! One more thing, the busy worker bees, are “she bees” not “he” The he bees are drones and stay in the hive. These industrious little worker bees are always female. Another good example for us ladies. Thank you for your posts. I always find them very inspiring.