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Summary: Part 3 focuses on the bumblebee.

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Buzzards, Bats, Bumblebees and Eagles

Are You Living Like The Bumblebee?

Scriptures: Luke 9:51-56; Acts 16:20-25

Introduction

As you may recall, I have shared with you previously about the buzzards and the bats. With all of their other capabilities, both have limitations that could threaten their existence in certain situations. This morning I had planned to focus on the bumblebee and the eagle, but there was too much information to do both so I will focus on the bumblebee and complete this series next week with the eagle.

I. The Bumblebee

I shared with you last week that I am not the biggest fan of "roughing it" in the outdoors. In the summer time I like air conditioning in a mosquito free environment. In the winter I love snow, rain and freezing weather as long as I have a warm place to "endure those hardships." Where some people get depressed in the winter, it does not bother me at all. There are many reasons to love the winter, but two of mine are these: no mosquitoes and no other flying insects that bite or sting. You’ve got to admit, those are some pretty convincing reasons to enjoy the winter, unless you like having bite marks and itching all the time – which I do not. So, let’s talk about the bumblebee.

Bumblebees only live during the autumn time of the year which means they have a very short life. Imagine yourself on a nice fall afternoon, minding your own business, on your own deck, at your own home in your own yard. You’re not bothering anyone, just relaxing. All of a sudden you hear this vibrating noise and you look up to see a bumblebee flying near you. What do you do? Well if you’re one of those nature lovers, you’d look at the bumblebee and admire how it flies, amazed at its beauty. You would not be scared because you understood them. Now if you’re not a nature lover, you’d also look at the bumblebee while assessing your getaway points. The point would be to give the bee plenty of room to ensure you do not get stung. I always assumed that bees were vicious and would attack if given the chance (and some bees are) but not the bumblebee. The first thing I want you to know about the bumblebee is that many species of this bee are very docile and unaggressive. These bees are very submissive and passive. They generally will not attack you unless you have made the unfortunate mistake of disturbing their nest. When their nests are disturbed, these bees will turn very vicious. They will attack in mass anything or anyone who disturbs their nest. When everything is going fine, they will live and let live, not bothering anyone.

Another fact that I learned recently about the bumblebee is that they are a flying miracle. The wing size and the body size do not match, yet they are still able to fly. Just keep that in mind for later.

The last fact about bumblebees has to do with how they respond to being placed in a drinking glass. As with the buzzard (being placed in a 6x8 feet pen) and the bat (when placed on a level surface) faces life threatening situations because of their own abilities, so we find something similar with the bumblebee. If you drop a bumblebee into a normal drinking glass it will stay there until it dies. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some other way out through the sides or near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists until it completely destroys itself. Can you imagine watching a bumblebee fly endlessly around a glass trying to find a way out only to die from exhaustion because it failed to look up? Although the way out does not exist where the bee is looking, it will keep searching. Remember one definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. I think the bumblebee in this situation comes close.


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