Bee researchers have discovered that there are more than 20,000 species of bees. Each species of bee has its own colony or community and bees can be found in most parts of the world. Each species has three types of bees: the queen bee, the worker bee and the drone. Bees can see all colors but red and have a strong sense of smell that helps them find flowers to gather pollen that produces honey. The honey that bees produce has been prized for years because it is a source of sweetness and energy. Recently, however, honey has been identified as a resource that may be helpful to contribute to certain types of healing.
While information about bees may be interesting to some, most of us care only about their honey or the fear that we might be stung by one. At least that was the attitude of the Psalmist. When surrounded by his enemies he said, “They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns.” Obviously, he was terribly threatened by those who would destroy him, but his faith and trust in God put him at ease. “In the name of the Lord I cut them - my enemies - down.”
Each day we face many “enemies.” They come at us from every direction. Whether our “enemies” are doubts or fears, a life-threatening disease or the loss of a loved one, financial woes or being abandoned - you name it - enemies come in all sizes and shapes and from every direction.
No one is immune from the “sting” of an enemy. But, thank God, when we Christians are besieged by the hurts that come from the “stings” of life, the Lord will heal them.
Prayer: How grateful we are Lord, to know that when we are “swarmed” by the “bees” of life, You will rescue us! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 118:12 They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down.