Photo by Rachelle Seiber
No moment so deliriously delightful as the one when you pick a flower and find inside a bee, taking pollen for honey.
Life can be a moment…
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” -Proverbs 16:9
I’m always shocked by the number of people who believe that they ‘just happened’ to do something, rather than the reality that they’ve PLANNED to do exactly what they are doing. Nobody knows better than I the results of life choices. I’ve had a weight problem my entire life, and I’ve fought to lose it, but it doesn’t come off nearly as easy as it went on. Reality. Every single ounce was gained one bite at a time. I chose comfort food when I faced the horrors of life. I chose the ice cream, the candy bar, the extra portion, the whatever it was that I had that added calories to my day. I chose that – every single time. It didn’t just happen. And then I didn’t do the exercise I needed to do to keep that spoon full of goodness from adding inches to my butt.
Did I consciously plan to get fat? No. But I didn’t plan not to get fat either. And I certainly didn’t make the changes necessary in my life to prevent getting fat, either.
This doesn’t mean I’m stuck forever being fat. It means I have to make different decisions. I didn’t get this way overnight, and I’m not going to lose weight overnight either. It just won’t happen. But it can happen, one moment, one choice at a time, and as I take steps to follow the plan I set for myself, God will help me along the way.
Which brings me to the understanding of what is meant by the verse above and how it applies to our lives, particularly when we make mistakes, when we ‘don’t get it right the first time’ and have to look to him for guidance to ‘fix our errant ways’ because there are times we really can’t do it alone.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” – 1 Peter 5:5-7
Just like a bee gathering pollen for honey, there is a time for everything under the sun. A bee cannot gather pollen in the winter, there are no flowers. The cycle of pollen, summer, autumn, and winter rest, help the bee to make the honey, store the honey and let it age to the perfect readiness. Whether honey is made for human consumption or not, the bees need honey to survive the winter, and in a particularly cold winter they need the honey for a lot of different purposes.
God provides what bees need at the right times for the Bee. In exactly the same way, when we humble ourselves and let the Lord know what we need, He provides for us.
This doesn’t mean we don’t have to work, to earn the results we desire… The bee works hard to gather the pollen, to make the honey, to create the perfect results from the pollen.
In that same way, we must work to use what God provides to create the perfect results for our lives.
God opens the door to opportunities, provides people we need in our lives, and gives us information, knowledge, and ideas we can use to achieve our goals. With those we can plan for success, and God will continue to uphold us and help us to achieve our success.
In His time…
Life can be a moment. What choices will you make in the next moment that will change your life?
Special thanks to Rachelle Seiber at Cherish the Moments AK for the bee photo above.