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What’s All the Buzz About?

Sitting on our patio here in South Africa is a daily dose of God’s incredibly compelling handiwork. From the birds to the bee’s (no pun intended), creation is a constant reminder of how we are intricately woven together by the very hands of God.

The first Bible verse I memorized as a young boy was Psalm 19:1.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”

Yesterday, the surround sound buzz of a not so small bumble bee, caught my attention as it moved from flower pot to flower pot on our patio (see if you can find it in the attached picture). For some reason, the buzzing bee captivated my attention and got me thinking of the purpose it serves. So today, a quick search on the internet, has helped me to learn some things I did not know.

Did you know that according to buzzaboutbees.net around one-third of the food we eat is dependent upon bee pollination? As of 2010, United Nations placed a monetary value of One Hundred and Thirty-Four Billion Pounds ($167 billion USD) on insect pollination.

Did you know that according to www.reference.com without bees, the produce section at the market would be reduced by up to fifty percent and could pose a major threat to global agriculture?

Did you know that bees play a critical role in the lifecycle of plants?

“Flowers are made specifically to attract pollinators with bright colors, sweet aromas, and petals that create a landing platform. Flowers even give bees nectar, which they use to make honey, as motivation to visit…Michigan State University explains that pollination occurs when pollen from the male part of the plant fertilizes the female part of the plant. Bees pollinate plants by landing on the flowers, picking up pollen and then transferring it to other plants of the same species while they collect nectar…Once bees land on flowers, they pick up pollen with the hairs on their bodies. They also use electrostatic forces to keep the pollen grains sticking to their bodies. They then brush the pollen from their bodies into specialized sacks…Because bees gather nectar and pollen from one species of plant at a time, pollen gets transferred from flower to flower.”

Somehow I am not sure that the bee knows what it is doing, but when God created it, He had us in mind so that we could enjoy things like apples, lemons, carrots, broccoli, and onions!!!

Now I know that some are thinking that yesterday’s bumblebee buzz has messed with my head, but I have a feeling the next time you encounter the buzz yourself, you will take just a moment longer to reflect on God’s handiwork.

If God was so concerned about the intricacy of a bumblebee, think of how much He cares for you, the one He so fearfully and wonderfully created!

Until next Monday…

Don

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