Some years back, I had the experience of robbing a wild bee hive in the woods with my father-in-law, who was in his 8o’s and a humble Christian who loved the Lord. It was in the heat of the summer in Texas, and rain had been sparse. Yet he had found a bee hive way up in an old tree. My brother-in-law cut the tree down and the hive was robbed of its honey, along with a few stings, though we had smoked the hive to calm down the disturbed bees.
A dishpan full of honeycomb was extracted and we returned home to put up the honey for later use.
This was a new experience for a ‘city dude’ with a simple man who made his living on a farm and in the nearby wooded river bottom. For a man in his 80’s he was in good shape. But what was more remarkable was how he found the bee hive some 30 or more feet up in the tree. I could barely see bees coming and going at that distance, yet he had found them in dense woods far from a dirt road or pasture. I marveled at how he did it.
I knew bees would make a ‘bee line’ to their hive when they returned home. But I didn’t know why.
Puzzled I asked him “how did you find these bees, . . . did you find them gathering nectar and watch them return to their hive?”
No he said.
I asked why not? He said “if you watch them on flowers you won’t know if they have a full load of nectar.”
I then asked “well then how would you know when to pay attention to their flight and direction back to their hive?”
He said, from years of experience, “you wait until a hot day and find where they are gathering water to take back to their hive, then you know they have a full load and they will fly true and straight home.”
His answer from life’s experience had taught him an essential of life, that I believe has value for one’s spiritual life as well. When we find ourselves in a dry and difficult place, providence has ordained a thirst to bring us home.
. . . Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spoke he of the Spirit, whom they that believe on Him should receive; . . .