It has been reported that bees are scientifically perhaps one of the most important living beings, but some scientists fear that they may be in danger of extinction. Certainly, their disappearance would really sting. But why?
Well, although bees are small, their work production is huge, so their disappearance would sting the world. They assist in agriculture, as pollination allows plant reproduction. Also, they produce honey, which is used for food and health benefits. This is major work, so bees are vital because of what they do and the impact they make.
But unfortunately, they are disappearing due to elements such as toxic pesticides and substantial deforestation. Seriously, strategies need to be designed to protect our little buddies and to promote repopulation, as their disappearance could cause a universal food disaster.
Likewise, you have value! We are valuable in this world and the kingdom of God, so our disappearance would sting. Like bees, we don’t have to be big (big name or bank account) to make a difference. And if we move on from our current venture or job, our disappearance would hurt, also.
Like bees, let’s shoo away and sting any distractions that try to interfere with us while we are working on our life’s assignments or the works of Christ (John 9:4). Bees instinctively know what to do and do it well, so let’s just simply know what we are supposed to do.
Similarly, this sense of stinging disappearance is associated with the saying “big shoes to fill,” meaning that you did a job so well that it will be hard for a successor to match or exceed your performance. This implies that hard work will be expected. High standards. High expectations for our replacements.
Prayer: Lord, we realize that we can learn a lot from bees. Give us the strength to be “busy as a bee,” but not so busy that we leave You and our family out. Fill us with gracious words, like a honeycomb and sweet to the soul (Psalm 16:24). We enter into prosperity and abundance and take possession of our own land that flows with “milk and honey” (Deuteronomy 27:3). And thanks for the grace to fill the big shoes of our predecessors and to even go far beyond.
In Christ’s name and for His sake, amen.
Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.