"My dad has bees.Today I went to his house and he showed me all of the honey he had gotten from the hives. He took the lid off of a 5 gallon bucket full of honey and on top of the honey there were 3 little bees, struggling. They were covered in sticky honey and drowning. I asked him if we could help them and he said he was sure they wouldn't survive. Casualties of honey collection I suppose.
"I asked him again if we could at least get them out and kill them quickly, after all he was the one who taught me to put a suffering animal (or bug) out of its misery. He finally conceded and scooped the bees out of the bucket. He put them in an empty Chobani yogurt container and put the plastic container outside.
"Because he had disrupted the hive with the earlier honey collection, there were bees flying all over outside.
"We put the 3 little bees in the container on a bench and left them to their fate. My dad called me out a little while later to show me what was happening. These three little bees were surrounded by all of their sisters (all of the bees are females) and they were cleaning the sticky nearly dead bees, helping them to get all of the honey off of their bodies. We came back a short time later and there was only one little bee left in the container.
"She was still being tended to by her sisters.
"When it was time for me to leave we checked one last time and all three of the bees had been cleaned off enough to fly away and the container was empty."
*Beekeepers in Covert Township, Michigan captured the remarkable moment a few bees help another very sticky bee. Click here to view the video.
The post continues, "Those three little bees lived because they were surrounded by family and friends who would not give up on them, family and friends who refused to let them drown in their own stickiness and resolved to help until the last little bee could be set free." - Original author unknown
Ok, so bees may not be people, moved and motivated by love or affection or concern for one another, but they clearly have, imprinted in their DNA, an understanding of community -- what's good for the bee is good for the hive.
As such, this beautiful picture of care and rescue may be more about instinctively wanting to "waste not" the honey clinging to the dying bees, as much as it was about saving the bees themselves. However, the added benefit from their actions would be that the three endangered worker bees would be saved to continue their important labors for the hive. What's good for the bee IS good for the hive, and vice versa.
All explanation aside, this is still a remarkable picture of the care and concern each one of us ought have for our brothers and sisters in Christ. As believers and members of both the local body and the Body of Christ universal, we exist in a mutually valuable and symbiotic relationship with each other and the church at large. When one hurts, we all hurt. What's good for the bee-liever is good for the Body, and vice versa.
If nothing else, this beautiful picture from nature reminds us to "Bee" devoted to one another in brotherly love.
"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor" (Romans 12:10, NASB).
"This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad" (1 Corinthians 12:25-26, NLT).