"I think I have developed the almost perfect bee strain! The queen is good for years! No need to replace her because she lives almost forever! She lays over 1000 eggs a day, every day. Lives on a minimum of food, is able to mate with any/all drones in the apiary! This queen carries enough sperm for 100,000,000 eggs. She is easy to spot because she is so large and not shy. In fact, on opening the hive she will come to the top of the center frame and wait to be found. Her progeny are great honey producers and she can live and work on the darkest frames.
The foragers are even better. They are impervious to mites and laugh off tracheal virus! They have a built-in GPS so they need no "dancing" to know where the nectar supply is located. Mites die when they try to attach themselves to the forager bee. Insecticides mean nothing to them. Gentle beyond belief, allowing anyone to mow around the entrance and small hive beetles leave immediately for fear of being eaten! Wax moths are the same!
Now all I have to do is teach them to fly!"
I recently wrote this as a piece of humor and sent it to the bee magazine of which I have a subscription. It was published this year in November. I say a piece of humor because the above statements are so far from the truth, they are looked at as "pie in the sky. There is no perfect queen! Some queens are more preferable than others: Italian, Russian, Buckhorn and several others and each one is different. For example, an Italian bee is a bit gentler than a Russian. A Buckhorn bee is slightly more able to remove mites than a Russian or Italian bee. A Russian bee produces slightly more honey than an Italian. By and large, the average queen lives about three years, sometimes less. Many good queens can lay 1000 eggs a day but not every day! She normally has many attendants who feed and care for her. Beekeepers who raise queens are very selective about drones and establish apiaries just for the purpose of mating queens with just the right drones.
Well, you get the idea! I exaggerated many of the issues of the perfect queen and foragers who are also female. I especially like the comment of having a GPS built into the foragers. And it is true they have a systemized "dance" to give direction and distance to a nectar flow according to the position of the sun. Anyway, some of my statements are out and out lies and others are total exaggerations of the truth!
Christians, in some respects emulate bee behavior! Now wait a minute and let me try to explain myself out of that statement. lol I mean, we read about someone the church has elevated to sainthood and the story of their life. Or perhaps one of the church's great theologians. Perhaps a person who is a great preacher! Or maybe, just someone you know who exhibits the manner of ministry of a perfect Christian!
The God I follow does not expect that type of person! God takes us at our very worst and loves us for who we are. Yes, all of us! As Jesus, the Christ could have gone into a synagogue and found men (and women) of great knowledge and depth, He chose common folk. Fishermen, merchants or people of the street to "follow me" or "Come and see!"
That offer to follow Jesus is a message we hear every day. We certainly don't have to "dance" to know the direction or distance. Nor do we need to be perfect like a perfect queen bee or forager bee who could not fly!
Nope! Just be willing to try to follow the cross of Christ where ever we find ourselves!