The Wonder of Bees

February 24, 2015

I’m sure we are all familiar with how amazing (and important) honey bees are, right? I mean, if you have never seen a PBS special, or a Discovery channel show on these remarkable creatures you need to do so. It will blow your mind! And are you familiar with the staggering benefits and characteristics of honey? Mind blower # 2! I found much of the information I am about to reference on:

Not sure if it’s all accurate since the post at the end advertised the sale of a book but it is on the internet after all. And if it’s on the internet, well, it must be true right?

Did you know that if it were not for honey bees pollinating our plants we would all starve to death in short order?

It takes about 60,000 bees, collectively traveling up to 55,000 miles and visiting more than 2 million flowers, to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey.

  • Honey Makes Excellent Cough “Medicine”
  • Honey Can Treat Wounds
  • Help Boost Your Energy
  • Reduce Allergy Symptoms

And then my favorite:

Honey Lemon Cough Syrup

Lemon helps promote health by quickly alkalinizing your body, and honey will kill most bacteria while soothing your throat. This is a perfect choice for a quick cough remedy.

  • Put a pint of raw honey in a pan on the stove on VERY low heat (Do not boil honey as this changes its medicinal properties).
  • Take a whole lemon and boil in some water in a separate pan for 2-3 minutes to both soften the lemon and kill any bacteria that may be on the lemon skin.
  • Let the lemon cool enough to handle then cut it in slices and add it to the pint of honey on the stove.
  • Let mixture cook on warm heat for about an hour.
  • Then strain the lemon from the honey making sure all lemon seeds are removed.
  • Let cool, then bottle in a jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator.

This syrup will keep for 2 months in the refrigerator. To soothe a cough, take 1/2 teaspoon for a 25 lb. child and 1 teaspoon for a 50 lb. child, about 4 times a day, or as often as needed. Adults can take 1-tablespoon doses.

I particularly like the fact that this is a “quick” cough remedy because it only takes several hours to prepare!

And this all comes from those little buzzing, flying varmints that sting you. Pretty cool! I actually did the math on the quantities we should consume. I know it says adults “can” take a 1 tablespoon dose. I suspect that means a “normal sized” adult. So as the instructions say a 25 lb child should take ½ teaspoon then I should take… well let me say I just sterilized the bucket we use for mopping our floors.

Did you know that honey can last for literally thousands of years? It crystallizes and then simply needs to be reheated to return to its liquid form.

So what does this have to do with anything? Simply this… isn’t God’s creation AMAZING!! I know that many people want to debate the origins and development of our universe and our planet and bless you if you have the inclination to do that. But there are so many things in nature that just seem to defy any sense of “unsupervised” evolution. Whether you hold to a “long earth” science (i.e. the earth is billions of years old), a “short earth” science, or a “middle earth” (for all you Tolkien fans) there are just too many inexplicable things in our world that make no sense when we try to attach some form of random “evolution” to them. Honey bees and their ability to “know” are only one example.

Admittedly this is not my field so “experts” in the origins of the Universe might scoff at what I have said above. Of course they once ridiculed the thought of a round earth… but that’s an argument for another day.

I teach our confirmation class at church. One thing the students learn is the word “revelation”; in particular the theology of how God reveals Himself to His creation. There are two types of revelation: general and special. “Special” refers to specific intervention of God into the lives of individuals and peoples, i.e., through voice, prophets, etc. “General” on the other hands refers to the revelation of God through nature and a few others means. General revelation refers specifically to the notion that we can peer out a window and see some order to the universe. It embraces the idea that even indigenous/isolated tribes of people in parts of our world still worship gods even though they have never been taught “religion” by other human beings. Why? Because they see God at work through nature! Is it any wonder then that they worship the sun, rocks, trees…

One doesn’t have to search very far in the scripture to see the emphasis on creation. It begins at the beginning right? Genesis 1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” And of course the Psalmists were enamored by the relationship between God and his creation.

Psalm 65:8

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.

Psalm 68:8

the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.

Psalm 69:34

Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and all that move in them,

Psalm 72:8

May he rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.

So, next time you look out the window or get a fright from a honey bee, wonder at God’s creation because you get to be a part of it! Oh yeah, suck a little honey down too… it’s good for you.



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