This story about the bees and Hornets has brought out all sorts of stories from all of you regarding times you have gotten stung.
One friend got stung right on the tip of her nose while hanging laundry! As I thought about it I realized the picture story here is that the hornet and the bee are in defense mode.
Isn’t that what happens when our human emotions
perceive attack from others?
Don’t we want to defend our tenderness and retaliate?
A bee stings when an intruder comes too close to a nest, disturbs it, or physically harms a bee;
the bee caught in my towel.
Honeybees can only sting one time and then they die.
Hornets sting as a defense; I had threatened the hornet by getting too close.
Hornets are nasty aggressive insects; they can sting multiple times, with great impact.
To prove my point, have you ever seen a hornet catch a fly or other insect?
They rip off the insects’ wings and then fly away with them!
Bees and Hornets are all around us.
But the key to understanding the beehives of this life is that there is a reason for the sting.
Whether human or bee, the one who zaps a sting,
perceives danger or threat.
We will always have those who “zap” in our lives…
it is how we respond to those situations that reveals the core of who we are.
And not just who you are on the outside,
but who you are on the inside as it reveals your heart and attitudes.
The Bible explains it this way,
“Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble.
That goes for all of you, no exceptions.
No sharp-tongued sarcasm.
Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless.
You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.”
1Peter 3:8-10 (MSG)
To be a blessing means that we watch over somebody protectively,
we give support, and share the qualities given to us as followers of Jesus.
When we asked Jesus into our hearts we received the love of God…
our blessing…and in turn are to share that “Jesus-like love” with others…
their blessing…not our old ways of doing things.
We are to forget our old ways and step out in the new ways of God’s love towards…
even the hornets and bees in our lives.