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Yellow Jackets Are Mean Bees

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When I was a girl, we use to go down to a newly built commercial building on the week-ends, and ride our bikes on the smooth black-top surface in the empty parking lot. One day I found that there was a narrow path behind the building, and it was pretty bumpy, so I raced down it for more adventure. Half way to the other side I saw an aluminum pole sticking up from a hole in the ground. I stopped there to take a breather and took hold of the pole with my hand, to balance my self on the bike. No sooner did I do that then a swarm of yellow jackets ascended out of the hole, looking like locusts from hell in a mini scene from the apocalypse. The bees swarmed around me and began to bite! I say bite because I swear I saw one drop its hinged mouth and take a chunk, out of my skin.

Forty years later I have a scar on the back of the calf of my leg, for a reminder of that day. It took my mother and aunt forever, it seemed, to work out the stings; globbing baking soda all over my arms, and legs, on that miserable Saturday morning. I bore the battle scars of that encounter for a couple of weeks; but, by the next week-end I was peddling back to the place of massacre, on my Sting-Ray bicycle, once again. Needless to say, I stayed on the black top and always investigated, cautiously, potential bee traps for the rest of my life.

Little did I know, at the time, that my experience with these yellow jackets would actually be used as an object lesson, years later, by God.

The lessons were simple:

1. Never disturb a bee’s nest with out a bee keeper’s suit on.

Ephesians 6:10-18

“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints….”

2. Don’t go places you’re not suppose to be, and fool around with their aluminum poles.

Numbers 14:41-45
(New International Version)

But Moses said, “Why are you disobeying the LORD’s command? This will not succeed! Do not go up, because the LORD is not with you. You will be defeated by your enemies, for the Amalekites and Canaanites will face you there. Because you have turned away from the LORD, he will not be with you and you will fall by the sword.” Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the LORD’s covenant moved from the camp. Then the Amalekites and Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and attacked them and beat them down all the way to Hormah. ( Or, all the way to my aunts front yard on 37th St.)

Proverbs 3:5-7 (New International Version)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

It’s just that simple wear your armor and be in the will of God. There’s not much more to it!

Now, that won’t guarantee that you will never stir up nasty responses to who you are, and what you are called to do. Believe me, when the Apostle Peter wrote,” think it not strange” … he knew the bizarre responses and circumstances that those who walk in God would attract. I remember, as a teenager “overflowing” in my new-found relationship with Christ, learning this lesson in a very odd way.

I was at a crowded bus stop when I noticed a homeless man (who every one was looking at) raging on and on incoherently, with his arms flying around. This was a couple blocks down the street. Suddenly, he stopped what he was doing, walked across two intersections with his eyes fixed on us, and made a “bee line” right to me through the crowd. Short, of in my face, he began yelling toward me “God is dead” as he sneered past with glaring eyes. At that time I was just learning about Jesus. I thought to myself, how did he know I believed?

This incident introduced me to the realm I never knew existed … It was the beginning of many strange occurrences that I were to experience in the days and years to come. If you are a child of God, pursuing after him, you’re just like Joseph in his coat of many colors. Many eyes are upon your jacket, and some of them are green. Or yellow, for that matter … “be sober, be vigilant, for your adversary the devil, is like a roaring lion …”

1 Peter 4:12-14 (New International Version)

Think it not strange.

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

I suppose those yellow jackets thought that I was in their territory and they were going to defend it. That’s not unlike the enemy when he is “occupying land” that belongs to the saints of God. As long as we do not advance I suppose there is little opposition, but when we begin to ADVANCE and cross spiritual borders, that is when we become noticed. Wherever you go, as a new influence, you’ll be challenged, or I should say, Christ in you will be opposed. Think it not strange …

You see, the enemy doesn’t want us to go into all the world and preach the gospel. He has BORDER CONTROL himself, and is pretty diligent about who crosses those borders. Nevertheless, we have been mandated to advance the kingdom of God. On the other hand if we are lukewarm Christians, living a lukewarm gospel, I am sure parades will greet us no matter where we go. For the rest who burn with passion for the truth, all things have been given to us that pertain to life, and Godliness; to fulfill those mandates, and pursue God’s purposes. He equips us. We don’t have to be afraid. You may not be greeted with a brass band, but there is a cloud of witnesses cheering you on. In Christ we are never alone.

Like they say, “We may lose a few battles but we have won the war”.

Maybe someday God will let us do a remake of those battles in a heavenly “park drama” production and we can display the right way to do these things, just to clear the air. I can see it now …

The Eight year old fully dawned in a bee keeper suit, [approaches center stage] strapped with jet powered, wasp spraying canisters on a 1969 Schwinn Sting-Ray bicycle; vibrating with a chrome muffler (delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart)  … and there she goes the Schwinn Baron’ess peddles to revenge! Yellow Jackets spiraling to the ground like enemy fighter pilots, in a puff of smoke … !”

Mean while we continue our trek in obeying the Great Commission.

(Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV)

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

(Matthew 16:18 KJV)

“I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

(Romans 8:37-39 NKJV)

…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Corinthians 10:3-4

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh …(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

So there you have it, Yellow Jackets are mean bees and no matter what they tell you, they are carnivores. Believe me I know. But, at least my encounter with them was turned around for the good and something useful came of it, besides just having a keen sense of bee danger, Lol ….

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose, in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:28

Deana Barnes


Written by The Pouring

September 23, 2010 at 8:54 pm

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