The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.

~ Saint John Chyrsostom

05-02-10 © boryak, courtesy of iStockphoto

Something’s abuzz in the air.

An environmentalist organized a commemorative ceremony for some victims in a recent tragedy. He held a service to honor 50,000 bees that died due to pesticide exposure in an Oregon parking lot.

  • He wanted people to become beekeepers … of a sort.

The memorial emphasized the bees’ role in the circle of life. Rozzell Medina related that he’d hoped to:

… memorialize these fallen lifeforms and talk about the plight of the bees and their importance to life on Earth.

While I won’t be attending any bee funerals, I have to admit that …

  • The bee’s mission is important to our lives.

These insects provide a necessary function in agriculture. Gardeners rely on the bees to help beautify their gardens. Farmers depend on them to pollenate their crops. We need these insects to feed the world.

  • Bees are unappreciated workers.

The USDA reports that the bees pollenate eighty percent of our flowering crops, or one-third of our diet. Without honeybees, we’d lose foods such as fruits, almonds, and soybeans. Due to their prominent role in alfalfa propagation, it would jeopardize the beef and dairy industries as well since the grain serves as a major source of feed.

Just think about what impact bees have on the American diet.

That’s why one of the most ingenious men spoke of them in awe:

If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.

~ Albert Einstein

  • Our Creator intended it to be this way.

God gave everything a purpose. Bees exist to glorify the Master of the world. Every time we hear the humming of their wings, we should recognize they’re fulfilling God’s purpose for their existence.

  • To fulfill God’s purpose is the true secret life of bees.

We should as well. Paul wrote of Christ’s role in this matter:


He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

~ Colossians 1:15-17, NKJV

Do we fulfill the Lord’s purpose for creating us?