Sunday, April 19, 2015

Honey Bee and Apple Trees

Our apple trees have been in full bloom for the last couple of weeks. The air is filled with their perfume  and the buzz of honey bees. I began to think about all the work honey bees do to provide food for themselves and us. Time is short. A worker bee is only able to work a few weeks. She literally works herself to death.

Worker bees gather nectar and pollen to provide food for the hive. The type of nectar collected determines the color and flavor of the honey. When a worker finds a good nectar source, she does a little dance on the platform of the hive to let the other bees know where the source is located. With all the apple and peach orchards in our area, I'm glad a few workers found our 2 trees. You see, the bees are also necessary for an optimum apple crop. I want lots of apples for pies and cider, jam and dried fruit this fall.

As I enjoyed the apple trees in our backyard and in the surrounding community, I was reminded of what Jesus told His disciples.

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35

The trees in our yard and surrounding community were so completely white, it looked as if another snow had fallen. By September the apple harvest will begin. But now, a harvest is already going on with nectar and pollen gathered by the bees for honey.

If we know the Lord, we are already suppose to be workers in His field, harvesting souls for the Great Harvest at His coming. Like worker bees, we should be letting others know we need help in gathering souls. Just like the nectar and pollen helps feed the hive, so do new Christians feed and strengthen the church.

Our time is short. An old song says "Work for the night is coming, when man works no more." Will we have work to show the Lord, crowns to cast at His feet, or do we sit idly by while the fields of this world wait and ruin.

Father, help me/us observe what you are showing us in Your creation and be busy harvesting the fields of souls in need of harvesting. In Christ Jesus name we pray. Amen


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