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10/14/2017 12:11:00 AM
I Didn't Inhale!

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

Even though I have given away my bee hives, I still miss the excitement in working with the bees, making sure they had food, and harvesting the honey. I still have my bee equipment just in case I want to purchase some more bees before next spring.

I noticed my gloves in the back of my truck which brought back a great memory from an event that took place several years ago. It was in the summer time and I needed to check on my bees to see if any progress had been made on making honey. Sure enough, my busiest stand of bees had filled one super (a box that holds the racks of honey) and was working on another I had placed on top just a week earlier. You must remember I was a novice in bee keeping. It was my first year in the honey business and I was still learning how to handle bees, remove the racks filled with honey, and how to put on the proper equipment so I would not get stung!

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An important tool of any beekeeper is to know how to operate the “smoker.” The smoker is the tool that makes smoke to spray on the bees to confuse them and to make them calm. Don’t ask me how it works, but it works. The bees will leave if you blow smoke in their face, but come to think about it, so will I!

My oldest son agreed to help me to get suited up and get the “smoker” ready to use. It was strange feeling to be wearing all that protective gear while thousands and thousands of bees were upset and ready to fight! The protective equipment was supposed to keep the bees from stinging me, and the “smoker” is supposed to make the bees leave. Make no mistake about it; bees have their own little personalities. Some will leave when they smell the smoke but others will stay and defend the hive. It is my understanding that some of the bees can sting while other bees cannot. However, I can’t tell the difference. I can tell when a bee is upset and wants to sting me for taking honey, which is a good reason to be mad. I am glad bees have short memories.

I was half way through with my “robbing” and was getting used to bees “buzzing” around my face when one “buzz” was real close, and I mean real close. Somehow the protective gear had failed me and a bee was inside the mask with me! I prayed that it would go ahead and sting me and get it over with, but that was not to be. The bee went from one side of my face to the next almost as if it was taunting me before it stung.

I panicked because I had never been in this situation before. I could think of only one thing that would slow that bee down. I picked up my “smoker” and blew smoke into my face and into the face of the bee. I figured I could hold my breath longer than the bee could hold its breath. I smoked myself from every angle around my face until my eyes and nose watered. I’m not sure if the bee’s eyes watered or not, but I made up my mind that I would not inhale until after the bee did. I won!

One of the important features about living a Christian life is that we will know what to do when events cause us panic. Anybody can be calm when things are going great, but what happens when something bad happens? It is possible to react to a situation and make it worse than the original problem. When we are willing to follow God’s Word we learn how to a react in bad situations as to make them better not worse.

What would happen if we followed 1 Thessalonians 5:15, “See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men.”

What would happen in times of panic you choose the action that brought goodness to someone else instead of harm? It is easier to do the right thing when you walk daily with Christ and know the difference between good and evil. We should not need a puff of smoke in the face to remind us to do what is right.

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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