I have been thinking about what story I could write about that would be of interest to you, my readers. I can write about the exceptional violence in South Africa, which isn't news really, it's been like this for a very long time. Or I could write about the corruption that has become so prevalent in a so called "Free South Africa." Or I could write about the power utility Eskom failing to meet its obligations. Or I could write about a miracle that happened to me a few years ago. I think I'll go with that.
Proverbs 24 verse 13.
I'll have to come back to this later in the day, busy now.
Okay I'm back, had to rush out to collect some LED lights for a couple of units going out today.
As I was saying, Proverbs 24 verse 13 says,
"Eat honey my son for it is good for you and the comb is sweet." I thought I had written about this in a previous post but when I tried to search for honey it came up with completely different posts. Oh well I've got something interesting to write about.
One day, oh probably about five years ago, I was sitting at home on the farm reading my Bible when this scripture came up. I read it and thought to myself, "Wow, I haven't had honey in years." I couldn't afford it anyway so not really surprising. Then I sat back in the chair and asked the Lord, "What are you giving me this for?" You see I believe that when you are reading your Bible God is talking to you, this is something to take seriously and He's giving you insights into what is going on around you, even if you don't understand what it is He's trying to say to you. Well I found out very quickly why I had been given that particular scripture.
|The window on the left of the bush is my kitchen window.|
I got up and went to the window to see who was there and lo and behold, there was a guy outside with a two liter plastic container in his hand. He looked up at me and said, "I've got some honey on the comb for you, I've just taken it out of a wild hive and thought you may want some. YES please.
There are also a whole lot of other things I can tell you about honey and bees that are very interesting. Did you know that a worker bee can only fly for six kilometers without a top up of honey. If it flies further than three kilometers from the hive it won't be able to get back, death on the range. One morning I was in the bathroom at home when I noticed a bee struggling on the tiled floor. It's legs were weakly twitching while it lay upside down. I knew about the flight limits and so picked it up very gently and took it to the kitchen. Inside my cupboard was the honey I was given earlier, I dipped my finger into the tub and offered it to the bee. Immediately the little creature stuck it's proboscis into the honey and started feeding. It was very weak when it started on the honey but ten minutes later it flew away back to the hive. So next time you see a bee dying on the window sill, give it a little honey and save it's life, it's very easy.
Honey, the only foodstuff known to man that does not spoil. Archaeologists have taken jars of honey from Egyptian tombs that is thousands of years old, still edible. There are certain "scientific" reasons for this. Honey contains minute quantities of Hydrogen Peroxide, very good for killing bacteria. There is of course the fact that honey has very little water in it and that it is very acidic. That's enough about honey and bees for now.
Why did the Lord give me honey? Well He told me He would give me a land flowing with milk and honey. Milk begins to spoil immediately, honey is eternal.
There are many woes in this land about which I could write if I so pleased, or I can write about God's amazing provision and how His word connects us to it.
Big blessings from Geoff in South Africa.