Sunday, August 11, 2019

Thoughts on Being Used by God

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

For the past few months I've been sharing some of my photographs on social media along with a short devotion. Today I'd like to share one of them with those of you who are part of the Write Conversation community. 


Thoughts on Being Used by God

I’ve always been fascinated by bees. Now that I have a daughter-in-law who’s a beekeeper, I’m even more aware—and a lot more educated—about this amazing insect. 
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I was surprised to learn that bees have relatively short life spans. And that the worker bees we see gathering the nectar can travel up to seven miles and sometimes make close to one hundred trips a day. And the amount each bee has to show for her work? About one-twelfth of a teaspoon. 
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Taken individually, it seems like a lot of work for not much gain. But if we look at what bees as a species accomplish, the result is mind-boggling.
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Truthfully, our food source would be in serious jeopardy if it weren’t for the pollination of bees. It’s estimated that at least one-third of our food source relies directly on pollination—and the vast majority of that is done by bees. Without bees, we would be facing a world-wide famine of epic proportions.
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Sometimes I feel like this tiny worker, accomplishing so little for the kingdom of God. But the truth is this, each of us matters. Our obedience makes a difference—whether it seems that way or not. There is a purpose for my life and for yours. We may not realize the importance of our contribution this side of Heaven, but we can rest assured that if God can feed the world using these tiny insects, He can use us too. 


The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. Psalm 138:8

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Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives. Connect with her on her website, through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for the info on bees, Edie. Your honesty is a gift. I am grateful for this reminder today, "our obedience matters". Have a blessed Sunday. In Christ, Julie

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  2. Excellent analogy! Thank you for the reminder. Looking forward to meeting and hearing you at the Write2Ignite conference in October!

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  3. "Each one of us matter". Yes we do.
    So much the bees can teach us.
    Thanks, Edie.

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  4. Amen Ms. Edie. Until He uses me up and calls me home ma'am. God's blessings

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  5. When we see life through the eyes of God, we can see how each individual life and accomplishment matters. Thanks, Edie!

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  6. Wonderful post on the significance of each of lives in the big picture.

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