Is that a bee?

Is that a bee?

DENIAL AND BLAME

I did a double take as I walked through the house on a peaceful Saturday morning. My double French doors were buzzing and crawling. Conveniently, my husband was in the shower and did not respond to my clamoring. My neighbor is a bee keeper, so naturally I figured he knew what to do. After scrambling to locate his phone number, I called him and breathlessly explained the situation, to which he replied, “They probably aren’t bees; they’re probably wasps.”

NOT BEES!

I may look like a city girl, but, I know nature and I am quite certain I know the difference between a bee and a wasp.Thanks to my dad I even know the difference between a white oak, black oak and pin oak tree. Nevertheless, the beekeeper agreed to help. Covered in protective gear, he entered my house to to assess the situation. Sure enough they were bees, not that I would have preferred wasps in my house. Did I mention they were inside my house?

He determined the 200 or so workers were swarming outside and entering through the chimney flue. We immediately closed it and opened the doors so the bees could go outside where they belonged. Guess what he told me next?  “Well they are bees, but…

THEY AREN’T MY BEES

Okay. I guess it was just a little coincidence that they followed him home. Isn’t that the way we are though?

It’s not my fault…

It’s not my responsibility…

I can’t help it…

It’s not sin, and if it is sin, it’s not MY sin

Jeremiah 6:14, “They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious.  ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.”  NIV

LOOKING IN

I am experiencing a season in my life for introspection. Self examination is not always pleasant, but is necessary in order to take responsibility for my own actions. It’s easy to assign blame or ownership to someone else:  our parents, our background, our spouse or simply our circumstances. Feelings are no excuse for behavior.

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Psalm 26:2, “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my mind and my heart.” NKJV

I DON’T WANT ANYTHING THAT STINGS  INSIDE MY HOUSE

If you are feeling separated from God, take an honest look at your life. God wants a personal relationship with His people but sin separates us from a holy God. Examining my own life I see many failures, but if I stay there, feeling like a failure, I will eventually act like a failure. God is eager to restore and He knows our failures and yet He offers grace. He wants us to admit our sin and receive the grace He offers. He forgives, completely and it is enough.

Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” KJV

Time to do a little house cleaning…

8 thoughts on “Is that a bee?

  1. Dr Henderson,

    My name is Terry Garvin. I am not famous in any way but you may have heard of me. I’m one of the four (that I know of) Myasthenia Gravis club members in Russellville. Dr Anthony Davis is my neurologist; Candace Welcher is my family practitioner. Candace’s husband Louis is my unofficial MG coach. His years of experience coping with MG has made him invaluable to me. When I have questions about the day to day MG life, Louis always has great advice.

    I have read some of your posts describing MG. And you have nailed the MG effects. I’ve had trouble describing to family and friends the muscle weakness and the feeling of exhaustion that keeps recurring. Your descriptions will help explain things.

    Your Spiritual gifts connection is interesting to me. For over 40 years I served churches in Mississippi, Montanta, Tennessee, and Kentucky as Associate Pastor/Education Director. Spiritual giftedness was something that I researched and taught for years. I am of the opinion that a believer does not live a fulfilled life without finding and using her/his Gift. When I first realized that Teaching was my Gift, I understood so much of my spiritual life up to that point and have made decisions since then based on this insight. How did you find out about the Charismata?

    I hope you are feeling strong today and I hope your MG will eventually go away. In the meantime, thanks for your contribution to my ability to deal with the condition. Today, I’m a bit shaky and my hands are drawing, but I’m able to get around the house and able to type. My computer is my connection with the outside and the necessary tool for my current occupation as Communication Adjunct at ATU. When my hands are glitching, I am very unhappy.

    Terry Garvin

    1. Actually I have heard of you, so maybe you are famous! I actually wanted to include a spiritual gifts test as a link to that post, but I am still learning the technical aspects of blogging. Many years ago, we took a test at my church. I compiled what I wrote from the questions on that test. Many people think that my gift is teaching. I taught a women’s Sunday school class for years. But my gift is encouragement and I did that through teaching, and now writing. Thanks for sharing yours.

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