While weeding my garden at twilight last night, I observed a curious sight. Eleven bumblebees seemed to be sleeping under my oregano blossoms. I’d never seen anything like it, so I grabbed my camera, took some photos, and googled “sleeping bumblebees”. Apparently, bumblebees don’t have hives like honey bees, and since they are cold-blooded and need to be warm in order for their flight muscles to work, they can’t fly when temperatures fall, so they must find a place to rest. Because flowers provide shelter and a certain level of heat, as well as breakfast when they awaken in the morning, they choose to sleep inside or under flowers.
This morning I went out and found a sleeping bumblebee with its ‘bum’ sticking out of a hosta flower. The sun had not yet reached it, so while other bees were buzzing around hostas just a few yards away in the sunshine, this little bee remained safe and cozy. It reminded me of a nursing baby cuddled by the one providing it with nourishment.
I couldn’t help but think of how we can learn from the bee. It works hard during the day, gathering its food and benefiting others at the same time, and it takes the time to find shelter and rest. We were created to work and provide for ourselves and to benefit others, as well as to rest 8-10 hours a day and one day a week.
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” —Exodus 20:8–11
Let us take the time to take shelter in the Lord, our Provider, and rest in Him.
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. —Psalm 4:8