Yesterday, I saw a little bee similar to this one struggling in the waters of the swimming pool, I was swimming in. Just minutes earlier, it had been flying around my head and I had been swatting at it to go away. It wasn’t long until I noticed the little fellow had landed in the water and was swimming furiously to get out. I’m not sure how he had gotten himself in to the water, as I never made contact with him and was in fact, in another area of the pool, when he had been buzzing me.
Curious, I began watching him. I knew if he could get to the edge of the pool, he would be all right. But, swimming as hard as he could, he was going the wrong direction, he was headed not to the edge of the pool and, towards safety, but, to the center of the pool, where, most likely, he would drown, after tiring himself out. It was obvious to me that without some kind of intervention, he was not going to make it and would soon be floating face down, a victim of circumstances, he could not understand.
So, standing a few feet away I began gently pushing the water towards him creating a current that would take him towards the edge of the pool. And, it seemed to be working. But, the more I pushed, the harder he fought to go the opposite direction! So, I knew, if he were ever going to make it to the edge of the pool, I was going to have to create a current stronger that his backstroke! So, I pushed a little harder until the water became less of a ripple and more of a wave. And, it wasn’t long until the poor little creature was caught up in a current stronger than he was carrying him away from the center of the pool and towards the edge of the pool, where he would find safety.
As I pushed the water towards him, I knew that once he hit the wall on the edge of the pool, his little feet would get traction and he could fly away, which is exactly what happened. And, while hitting the wall may not have been pleasant (at least to the bee) it was actually, a necessary part of the process.
Isn’t that a lot like us? We often find ourselves in situations or circumstances, we don’t understand. We swim and swim and swim and can’t seem to get anywhere. We think we know the direction, we need to go, but, swim, as we may, can’t seem to make headway. In fact, the harder we swim, the stronger, the current seems to take us in the opposite direction until finally, there is nothing left, except to “hit the wall”.
But, isn’t that just like God! His unseen presence always standing by, watching and guiding. Gently pushing us in the direction we need to go, (even, when we resist) allowing us at times, to even hit the wall, when necessary.
The little bee was completely unaware of my assistance. And, probably thought how lucky he was to have escaped certain death from drowning, he may have even been congratulating himself on his swimming ability! When, in reality, it was a presence much bigger than himself that got him safely to shore. A fact, that he in his “bee world” will never be able to understand or appreciate.
But, we are different. Unlike bees, we have the word of God which tells us that God is always active and working in our lives. A fact, that we should trust and appreciate more. For as it says in Romans 8:28 -
“All things work together for good, to them that love God, and to them that are called according to his purpose.”
Yes, all things work together for good – all things! Thank you, little bee for your part in a very powerful spiritual lesson. And, thank you, God for your word and for your promise. And, for always watching over us and accomplishing your will in our lives even, when we don’t recognize it.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper, who love thee” Psalm 122:6
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy