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Bumblebee Chatter

August 10, 2023

Proverbs 8:10
Receive my instruction rather than silver; knowledge rather than choice gold.

The subject of bumblebees came in my emails this week.  I try to avoid them when I am working in the yard, but they are one of those ‘God is amazing’ creatures. 

Scientists have known for a long time that honeybees communicate the location of yummy nectar to their hive mates.  That is quite amazing.  Now they have discovered that bumblebees and other stingless bees can also communicate among themselves.  Each species has its own language.  But each one can let its nest mates know the location of the food source.  One species runs zigzag over the combs and bumps into her mates.  Another species lays scent trails to the food source.  Another species buzzes her mates.  The height of the source is communicated by the speed of the pulses, and then she performs a circular dance that gives the rest of the instructions.  Absolutely incredible! 

Amazing how they do it.  Amazing that God has given them the gift of communication.  Amazing that they communicate the location of food.  They are indeed bringing glory to God. 

We have also been given the gift of communication.  Are we using it to bring glory to God?  Are we using it to communicate the source of the most important food anyone will ever know?  Jeremiah said he ate the words of God.  The Word of God is the source of everything we need to know for now and eternity, but especially eternity.

This week, our next-door neighbor passed away.  We would not have known it had not my husband seen it in the paper.  Our neighborhood had been close at one time.  In our defense, I could tell you that he was single, refused every invitation offered him, worked nights, and rarely saw him outside.  My husband did talk once to his parents about the Lord and was told they did not believe that.  But still could we have been more instant in our communication?  After all we have the words of life, and I fear he did not. 

Could we have lain scent trails as the bees do?  What would they look like? Perhaps we should have been more persistent- doing more bumping as the bees do.  What would you have done?  Do you remember the beggars who when they discovered all the food the fleeing army left knew they had to run and tell the starving people in the city that there was food available?  They could not keep it to themselves. 

Perhaps as our pastor said this morning that it will be our holiness that will attract them.  But we can start with a plate of cookies.  Them pray for opportunities to communicate the wonderful words of life.

Edie R

’43 / ’55 New holland PA

P.S.  Bumblebee info taken from Berean Call.


Doris Jean H

’44 / 55 Manheim PA

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