Bee Trained


Kim and her first beesMy wife has taken up a new hobby this spring: beekeeping. Her goal isn’t to make honey or money for herself, but to gain enough experience to teach the hobby to Kenyans and add to their livelihood.

After serious study and a 3-day course from a local “bee school”, she was excited as her first hive was delivered. Her first task was to transfer the 15,000 bees from a cardboard box to her freshly decorated wooden bee box. While she carefully removed the lid and began prying loose each comb of bees, my official duty was to stand far away and take pictures.

I watched as bees by the hundreds swarmed around and landed on her. I was amazed at how calm she kept.

With her bees in their new home, we reflected on the morning. She looked like a pro. No, she wasn’t rejoicing when the bees began stinging her, but she kept her wits. She was calm, not because she’s a bee-whisperer, but because she had been trained in what to do and not to do. She was disciplined and it paid off. Next time, she’ll do even better.

The Bible says that God trains His people too. His on-the-job teaching process is seldom pleasant to the student, but He always has a purpose.

Now no chastening [discipline] seems to be joyful for the present, but grievous; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:11).

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