Five things we can learn from the Hive
as shared by Rev. Linda Patton-Cowie at Crieff Hills Manna Day :
1. Do your own job well
2. Remember it’s not all up to you
3. Bee Nourished
4. Communicate with others
5. And… Know what is most important!
1. A hive needs each of its members to perform their job well – the Queen, the workers and the drones. We all have a job to do as well. We are the body of Christ and we all have our own role to fill. It works best if we let everyone live into their own strengths. And we can’t do it all – we all have limits and we need other people. Do what you can, do it well, and then leave the rest up to others.
2. When a Queen Bee is no longer able to do her job she is replaced. The new queen is dependent on the constant care of her attendants. There is a time for all of us to welcome new leadership into our colonies and we all have a role in attending to those in leadership. For most of us, we know that there is a queen bee and I’m not it! We’re not the one in charge of the whole show – it’s not all up to us. It can be helpful to remember that.
3. Sometimes we all need to be fed. Beekeepers will feed their bees in the spring and fall. The bees know how much they need and they’re not afraid to accept it. We need to acknowledge our need to be fed too. An empty vessel can’t offer sustenance to anyone else, so don’t forget to refill your resources. Take time to enjoy creation. Take time to nourish yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Worker bees live only a 5-6 weeks in the summer so the bees that live in the winter are fed by the honey the bees made in the summer. We are often fed and sustained by those who have gone before us. As we too, by offering our love to others, may find that love outlives us and strengthens others, even after we ourselves are gone.
4. Bees are master communicators, as is shown by the intricate waggle dance. They are not afraid to share with others when they have found something good that can benefit them all; they don’t hoard this new found treasure for themselves. Communication is important to us too so keep talking and guiding others. We are bound together on this journey.
5. Know what is most important to you and protect it. Do what is most important first, especially when you feel overwhelmed. Bees protect their honey when they feel threatened as the beekeeper uses the smoker while opening the hive. Always be ready to protect what is most important to you in your life!
"The creation of honey is truly a miracle" writes Marion Robertson, Crieff Hills volunteer and explains the process of how honey is made on her website.