Last year, I had 6 bee hives that gave me a lot of honey, both in spring and again in fall! At the end of September, a bee inspector looked at the colonies and declared they were in great shape. Few mites and they looked healthy!
I did what you might have done! I smugly left them alone to go into winter by only feeding them sugar water but no medications.
The bees took the sugar water nicely but as the weather got cold, some got sick and died! By February, I had lost many of the 6 hives!
Of course, by then it was too late to save the rest. I had to rely on an early spring but, as you know, that did not happen! The long, cold, damp weather seemed to go on forever!
When April rolled around, I had one active hive! I spent weeks in the garage, cleaning boxes, frames and foundation to try to salvage what was left!
Deciding to split my “super hive”, I drove to Spencer, OH and bought 4 queens. Inviting Rev. Zeke to help, we split the big hive into four total hives, adding a queen to each new split! I think he enjoyed helping even as I opened the hive, allowing 1000s of bees into the air.
“Whoa!” Was all he said and later progressed to carry full frames of bees to new boxes, creating new colonies.
All four of the colonies began to build after the queen was released and started laying eggs. In 20 days or so there were new hatches that built the new colonies up to the point they began to set aside capped honey for me to steal later!
Again splitting the original big hive, I bought another queen and started a fifth colony! The workers released the queen and are beginning to bring back nectar!
Checking the honey boxes recently, I found the original hive had two very full and heavy boxes of capped honey. I removed them and will extract them later. The rest have nectar in honey boxes but not enough to remove.
So what is the point? Where is there a spiritual connection in the life of a honey bee?
It is in the process! Working with an insect in nature! Not attempting to go against the laws of nature but working with them.
Bees naturally want to grow new colonies! That is what swarms do! But swarms are almost out of control. The beekeeper does not have any idea where they plan to go so they must capture the swarm if possible.
By splitting the big hive, I removed the pressure of the need to swarm!
So it is with ministry! If we try to go against the needs of people who need to find Christ, we will fail! We need to just be willing to gently move a person toward faith in a loving God!
The telling of our personal journey to where we are today is one of the best ways to allow others to understand what needs to be done! To be overcome!
I look at working with bees to be a joyful task! Telling another of our trials and setbacks should be done in a joyful manner!
Because the end result is peace, love and: an eternal life in our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. Son of a loving God!
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!