Parable of the honey bee
Clinging to life it holds on, but failing, its wings heavy from the pollen it carries it offers up;
Others hover near gathering their own and wait respectfully, knowing its fate.
When it’s time the bee succumbs, and others carry on producing what they know to do.
The life of the bee is short; their purpose vital, crucial to the environment.
It is nature’s way, a part of God’s perfect plan.
Like the common bee we live our lives too, within a span of time.
We gather what is important to us. But, it is what we offer up that is the essence
of God’s spirit in us, as a sweet nectar, and aroma that permeates the land.
Scripture reference – 2 Corinthians 2:15 (NIV translation)
Footnotes: The above photo is one I took in my back yard garden while watching this bee as it died. I have a good friend who has a bee hive operation as a hobby and watched him at work with his bees. I became very interested in the things I learned about bees, more so than in the past when careful to stand away from them and not be stung. The recent experience while watching and studying bees inspired me to write this ‘parable’, a short devotion about the things we have in common with a mere honey bee, and whether we seek for ourselves those things most important to us, or whether we ‘offer up’ and give back what matters most; our relationship to God, to others, and to our world in general. I love reading the stories and parables in Matthew that Jesus taught his disciples and thought the bee story made a good illustration to use. Comments on this story are welcome, as always with my stories, posts and poems.
Joyce E. Johnson © 2014