Yesterday I was talking to our good friend Graham Kerr about the garden seminar at Hillcrest Christian Fellowship in Mt Vernon. We got to talking about mason bees. In the midst of our conversation Graham asked me Are you a wasp or a bee?
Mason bees are the pollinators in the garden. They are gentle industrious creatures that go from flower to flower and from garden to garden gathering pollen. Unlike honey bees they do not develop hives but lay their eggs in holes in existing wood. Without them the fruit would not develop and we would have no harvest. Even honey bees are a valued addition to any garden. Their sweet nectar cannot be equalled and is regarded by some as the food of the gods. Wasps on the other hand are parasitic. They lay their eggs in the host and their young eat and eventually kill the host.
Graham reminded me that the Western church is filled with WASPS (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) when it should really be filled with bees. What we need are church members who go out into their gardens (communities) and spread the pollen of God’s good news enabling the flowers (people) to produce fruit that will one day be harvested to feed others. At the same time are we bringing back sweet honey to our own communities that can nurture the young and make them able to become mature adult bees (followers of Christ)
I love this analogy. So my question for you is: How can we all become part of God’s bee patrol today?