2001-05-04 - Beeing a Diligent Student
2 Tim. 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
There is no typo in my subject heading. This week our household had an experience that was at the same time frightening but interesting. I was reminded that while we should study the Bible and also apply ourselves to our school work, there are instructors in our very own backyards. Around 5000 honeybees (estimated by the beekeeper we called) decided to take a "rest stop" on a branch of one of the pear trees in our backyard. As I watched from a safe distance, I thought, "these bees can be valuable teachers." What can we learn from these creatures?
First, we can learn obedience. The male bees followed every command of the Queen Bee. They didn't whine. They didn't rewrite the rules. They simply obeyed the Queen. Yes, we should express our disappointments, hurts and yearnings to God. But whatever happens, we should obey Him.
And we can learn about the necessity of strength in leadership. This Queen (I nicknamed her "Elizabeth") was a potent leader. I found out that beekeepers don't want a Queen who is an incompetent monarch. Can you imagine the chaos if 5000 bees went gallivanting off on their own pathways?
Also, we can learn the lesson of cooperation. If the worker bees don't do their nectar-gathering in tandem, there will be no honey and the bees will starve to death.
If we just look around us, we can learn many lessons from God's natural world.
Dear Lord, we thank You for all the creatures with which You surround us. Help us to glean lessons as we enjoy watching them. In Jesus' name, amen.