Saturday, April 16, 2011

Loving the Thing You Hate

I walk outside, and hundreds of bees swarm around my ankles.  And I'm allergic!  I carry an epi-pen every day, and for me, these bees represent death.

I look closely, and I see dozens of nesting sites for bees.  They cover the side yard. I quickly call out for the girls to run inside to safety.

I phone my entomologist friend (everyone needs one of these) who comes over to help me.  Where did these bees come from?  Are they killer bees?

My friend examines the bees and proclaims how fortunate I am that they have chosen my yard.  Not only are these bees harmless and not aggressive, but in Pennsylvania, they are also considered the best early pollinators.



She picks one up, and she shows me how each female bee constructs an individual nest to lay eggs in.  I'm actually watching it happen right before my eyes.  Not one tries to sting, not one even flinches.  

I was ready to call the exterminator, and now I'm enamored with these harmless bees.   I lean down and see a mother in her little home, getting ready to lay her eggs. 


Far away, you can hardly see her, but close up, you can. 




I think about how much fear I had.  I think about how I was ready to exterminate.  But these little bees are gifts to my garden.  They are indispensable on the journey to produce fruit.

Living with flair means I stop and look more closely at the things in my life I want to exterminate.   This thing I hate, this thing that I'm running from, might be God's gift to produce great fruit in me later.

And when you look deeper, you find yourself delighted by this terrible thing that actually looks really cute.   Look at that little bee!  I'm glad they came to my garden.


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Journal:  Might I rejoice in these pesky things that God sends to produce fruit?

8 comments:

Tracy said...

I released the one I caught yesterday out at Dan and Kerrie's this morning. Her hair was a little matted but she flew away just fine. Still unsure if they are Colletidae or Andrenidae. Either way a treasure!

Emily said...

Hooray!

Aimee And Tim said...

SOO cool!

nance marie said...

they are so cute!

Beth West www.northernskyart.wordpress.com said...

So long as we're not talking about cockroaches!

Douglas Dahl said...

Great post. Yes, how often we are ready to call the exterminator on our blessings.

jenny_o said...

Very good thought to consider. Our first reaction can turn out to be the wrong one. We only know if we look closer.

Anonymous said...

As long as we are not speaking of roaches, spiders, centipedes, or house flies lol