These signs of Spring are all encouraged and helped along by one of nature’s most underappreciated workers, the common bee.
Bees are misrepresented all the time. Scientists tell us that bees shouldn’t be able to fly based on everything science knows about aerodynamics and aerospace theory. Bees don’t care, the famous line goes, what people think; they fly anyway.
Children are taught to be wary of the little black and yellow bugs as they trample around outdoors in bare feet enjoying the summer warmth the ground resonates. An unlucky child (and bee for that matter) is the one who unknowingly steps on the buzzing creature and has to have a baking soda salve placed on the wound to inhibit swelling and itching.
Through all of this the bee calmly and quietly goes about it’s daily chore of gathering nectar for the hive in order to make honey. Gliding from flower to flower and from plant to plant the unwitting bee takes and delivers more than just the nectar, she (all worker bees are female after all) also carries the pollen that allows plants to reproduce.
As we look at bees we see a humble creature that is just working for it’s survival and the survival of their family in the hive. They gather what products they need to maintain their lives and care little for any other amusements. Yet while they are busy worrying about themselves they also help encourage growth in nearly all plant species known to man. They are oblivious to this fact of course and just keep pressing forward to gather that valuable nectar.
In much the same way our life has impact far beyond what we see or even comprehend. Our friends, our families, even associates we interact with on occasion are affected by the choices we make. More than just affecting these people for a temporary period on earth, we ultimately influence other’s eternities by the emphasis we place on the Lord in our own lives.
That is why the Lord Jesus Christ commanded us as Christians to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15). As we live for the Lord, and tell others about Him and His goodness to us, we are pointing them to an eternity with Christ.
We are encouraged to “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” (Matthew 6:20). Are we influencing people for eternity? Are we laying up treasure in Heaven? Just like the little bee our lives influence those around us in remarkable ways.