I was sitting on our front porch enjoying some sunshine and a cup of coffee and heard a very loud buzzing. I stood up and looked down the street and saw a giant black cloud heading my way (it was literally like something you would see in a movie!). David and I freeeeaaaaaked out and ran inside. The bees were so thick you could hardly see the sky! We watched in wonder for a few hours, hoping that they would move on. But the more time that passed, the more at home they seemed to be with us.
Honeybees are endangered (it’s actually kind of a big deal, they’re really really important to the world food supply) and it’s illegal to kill them so we called a beekeeping hotline (yes there are beekeeping hotlines you can call if you have a swarm of honeybees land on your house, just a little FYI if you run into this problem). 20 minutes later, a sweet 70 year old beekeeper named Crystal came to the rescue. She talked with us about her job as a beekeeper and her plentiful supply of honey. She was positively delightful. Sunday evening, she was able to find the queen bee and she took 95% of the bees back to her hives. A few thousand hung around for a few more days and then Crystal returned for the rest of them this morning. I was actually a little bit sad to see them go.
At first David and I were like “are we just the most unlucky people in the world or what? These bees decided our house was where they wanted to live? Out of all the houses in our whole town, they chose us?” but Crystal the beekeeper was like “do you know how lucky you are that these bees chose you and your house?!”
And it was right around that time that I started to realize how I have gotten off track for the past 6 weeks. I mean, I’ve been a real downer lately. I haven’t been depressed, but I’ve definitely been embracing my inner pity party. Anything remotely negative in my life has been fuel for the fire. I’ve used everything from a flat tire to honeybees to my current head cold to say “See! We can’t ever catch a break, life is always going to be hard. Wa wa wa.” When in reality, I’ve just had the wrong perspective all along.
Because really, we’ve always had good fortune, even when things aren’t going perfectly… “what’s that? you have a flat tire? Well at least you have a car. Oh you’re sick with a cold? well at least you are otherwise healthy” ya know what I mean? It’s all about perspective and lately I think I forgot that I’m a glass half full kinda girl. Even when life is hard, there are still good things to be celebrated. I would like to thank my honeybees for setting me straight!
“Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Prov 24:14