Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sedated Bees?

We have some big bumblebees around our property and they love to be on and around the passionflowers in our yard. My kids say they love to "pet" the bumblebees and I have gotten used to seeing them do this, although at first, years ago, I wouldn't allow it. Now, some of the neighbor kids also like to "pet" our bees. 

I started believing that all big bumblebees are slower and maybe a bit "friendlier" than other bees.

When the kids and I were at the park this summer, I saw a lot of big bumblebees on some flowers and didn't feel nervous of them at all, but then I realized those bees were hyper and flying all around..... they didn't seem friendly... AT ALL.  I was surprised and started thinking about it.
I thought about the passionflower plant and remembered that it has sedative qualities.... I use the plant in mixtures for salves for itching and more.  

Thinking about the sedative quality of the plant, made me think about our bees. They love to sleep on the passionflowers and they seem slow and mild as they do their work on our passionflowers.... I then concluded that our big bumblebees are sedated... that is why the kids can "pet" them. We certainly could NOT have pet the same kind of bumblebees at the park. 

There are so many things to learn about our world... and it is interesting how things work together in nature.  I had concluded that ALL big bumblebees were mild mannered and gentle, sluggish and almost tame, but that wasn't true. There was a very important factor that I had left out - that of the sedative qualities of the plant the "tame" bees were on. This just shows that when we make an assumption, we need to carefully determine if we have all of the facts.  Yes, some big bumblebees are quiet and mild, but not all are.

 I wonder how many times we do that in our lives also... maybe we feel we have someone's problem all figured out... we have the answer.... but maybe we don't even know all of the factors.  Maybe we do this with God also.... do we ever conclude that God really doesn't love us very much because He has allowed this or that to touch our life?  The fact is that God DOES love us and He never changes, so whether we can make sense of what He is doing or not, He has a plan and it is a good one. We need to trust Him - He is ALWAYS good and we can ALWAYS trust Him.

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18 comments:

  1. I get lost in your beautiful art. It takes me to another world.

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    1. What a nice thing to say! :) Thank you for visiting.... you are very welcome to visit other posts on my blog... I enjoy photography.... and I take a LOT of pictures.... :)

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  2. I also love your pictures.
    Such wonderful close-ups.

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  3. Beautiful photos! You always capture them so well.
    ~Katie @ liliesofgrace.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you- what a nice thing to say. :)

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  4. Working but like in their sleep - Amazing. Thanks for sharing with us here at "Tell me a True Story."

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    1. It was interesting to figure this out.... thank you for visiting and for the link up. :)

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  5. What a beautiful photos of the Passion Vines, I have them but not like this. They are beautiful!!
    Hope you can stop by and share this week on Oh My Heartsie Girl WW
    Have a great day!!

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    1. Thank you..... passionflowers and vines are so fun. ;) thank you for the invite...

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  6. Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Great post! Love your images! We all make assumptions to a certain extent - sometimes that can be dangerous - like with your bees! I'm glad you figured it out before someone got stung at the park! I'm so thankful that we have scripture as a rock and absolute truth to go to when we need guidance. Nice visiting you again, always a pleasure :) Have a blessed week!

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    1. Thank you.... I'm glad no one was stung either. :) Thank you for the great comment which adds to the post..... I'm thankful for scripture too....

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  8. Go figure on the bee petting! Lovely photos and I enjoyed the way you related this to trusting God. Visiting from The Weekend Brew.

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    1. I know... the bee petting was NOT my idea! :) I'm glad you visited... and commented. So nice to have you. :)

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  9. Love your photos and your lesson that relates to everyday life:)

    Thanks for sharing with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party!

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    1. Thank you.... and thank you for the link up party. :)

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