Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Like a Bee

Last night I got into a discussion about life. Roomies are good for that a lot of times... my roomie, Tara Lynn, is really good at it.

It started by me expressing my concerns and feelings about my job and life in general. It's been a rough year... in a lot of ways. But TL always has great words of encouragement to help me through the times when I'm tired and ready to throw in the towel. That's what friends do. We encourage one another and lift each other up.
We talked about God's plan. Talked about how we don't understand it. Part of growing up is realizing that you don't have to know or understand the big picture because God does... and He's the one who knows the best plan for you, your life, and your future... because why? Oh, yeah... because PS: He's the only one who knows the future. The problem is learning to trust God with stuff can be a very difficult thing... a daily struggle at times. But I believe that God has a specific purpose and plan not only for my life but for others lives. He has a plan and a purpose in every living thing.

I have to believe that if God has wired bees to have and fulfill a specific purpose, then He probably has wired me and you for a specific purpose too. I read the following excerpt in "Our Daily Bread" from RBC Ministries the other day & wanted to share it on my blog here:

The honeybee has one of the most highly developed social structures in the animal kingdom. At the heart of the hive, which may house as many as 80,000 bees, is the queen. Without her, the colony has no future. But the 80,000 don't just sit around watching their queen. Each bee has a specialized duty to fulfill.
The forager bees encounter the perils of the outside word to collect food. The guard bees protect the hive from intruders. The undertakers are responsible for removing dead bodies from the hive. The water collectors bring in moisture to regulate humidity. The plasterers make a kind of cement to repair the hive. And the fanners station themselves at the entrance and fan the scent outward to signal the location of the colony to lost or disoriented bees. The scout bees keep the hive alerted to opportunities and dangers of the outside world. The variety and specialization of the worker bees seem endless.
In a similar way, the Lord has given special gifts and tasks to all His people...

God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 1 Corinthians 12:18

For more thoughts about God's plan for our lives, see the Rubik's Cube Lesson.


Tara Lynn Thompson said...

So right, Kiddo. So right.

God is never frivolous. He created all things with minute detail and specific goals in mind. We all have a duty.

And if I could choose a bee, I'd be the scout. Always looking for threats and misinformation and lies and defeat. Then stinging it.

kristin said...

Haha... you're awesome.
I'm with you, I'm definitely one of the scouts. And like you, I'm all about making use of that stinger!

Lindsey said...

Haha, God is awesome and so detailed, even in the smallest things.

It really is a daily struggle to trust God and refuse to give in to fear, but I agree that He has a purpose for every living thing! I think people can miss their purpose if they give in to fear or apathy or bitterness, but God's plan will still be accomplished and He'll use someone else. But when we trust Him and boldly step into our calling, His purpose will be better than anything we could have imagined!

Lindsey said...

K-Lamb, time for a new blog post! :)