We recently had the privilege of a personal tour of Moore Honey Farm in our local area.
What an interesting and informative time we had!
Not only did we get a step-by-step explanation of the honey extraction process, but we also gained some interesting insight into the life of honeybees that really got me thinking.
Did you know that there are up to 30,000 bees (or more) in a healthy colony?
There is only one queen, who makes one flight in her lifetime. During that flight she mates for the only time in her “reign.” She then returns to her hive and begins the wonderful job of motherhood – on a monumental scale. Her egg-laying career can last for up to eight years in a healthy environment. Her brood begins to hatch and her colony literally grows up around her.
Unfortunately, the environment today is less than ideal.
The reasons for that are many and varied. Our household pesticides are a contributor to the problem. The potential reasons for the decline in the bee population are a hot topic among beekeepers and an interesting subject to research. (That’s a post for another day).
One thing we learned that really impressed me was the loyalty the bees show for their home. If a strange bee enters a foreign hive with the intent to rob the honey, the worker bees will fight it off. They protect their own.
However, if a bee is lost and enters a strange hive, the new colony will adopt him. Somehow all 30,000 of them know he needs a home, and they move over to make room for one more.
What do you think about that?
It made me think of the fact that God reveals Himself in His creation.
With Him, motive matters.
Are we just “robbers,” trying to get what we can from Him and His people, so we can continue on our own way? If so, we will meet with resistance. It just works that way.
However, if we humbly admit that we are lost…
Hungry for a home…
In need of the protection He has to give…
He will take us in every time.
No matter where we came from.
And the entire colony will open before us to make room for one more.
To me that’s a very sweet thought!
“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world:
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the Blood of Christ.” Ephensians 2:12-13