Bill Hinson wrote a book entitled, “The Power of Holy Habits: A Discipline for Faithful Discipleship.” He included in the text: “A naturalist wrote a story about bees recently that was most intriguing. One of the things he said about the honey bee was that you always keep bees; you never keep a single bee. If you isolate a single bee, you can give it the most favorable temperature for a bee, you can give it plenty of water, and plenty of food – an ideal habitat – but the bee will die within a few days. There is something about the community of bees that keeps it alive. You can keep bees, but you cannot keep a bee.”
It’s also interesting to note how much more honey bees can produce together. It is multiplication, not addition.
Like the bee, we humans need community. We were not created to live our lives in isolation. Each of us has something to contribute to the world in which we live. Oh, there are certainly times when we need solitude, but wholeness comes from belonging, from being accepted, from giving and receiving.
We can live, even thrive, for a time on our own, but we need community. We need the sense of participating in something larger than ourselves.
Another lesson from the world of bees: Each bee strengthens the hive. You never hear of a lazy bee; you have heard of being busy as a bee. Each has a function to perform. Each one contributes.
Paul put it another way writing about the church: “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other” (Romans 12:8).
Okay, here goes: I’m launching a new campaign called “Bee the Church” … I’m waiting for the overwhelming affirmation and approval you wish to send my way.
Corny as it seems, we Christians could learn a lot from bees.