Quest for the Queen

The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvelous display of his craftsmanship. Day and night they keep on telling about God. Without a sound or a word, silent in the skies, their message reaches out to all the world. Psalm 19:1-4 (TLB)

Suzanne Montgomery lives in Indiana. A queen bee nestled in her hive can be quite elusive. Suzanne is pretty good at finding hidden objects in a picture game on a page; but as a new beekeeper, she worried about finding the queen. Her husband, Joe, and Suzanne spent several months studying about the care of bees before purchasing a hive from a larger beekeeper. Their "started pack" of bees derived from a larger colony came with five frames containing comb and larvae to put in their hive along with the worker bees and a queen. "What if we don't see the queen?" Suzanne asked Joe as they left with their boxed bees.

"Don't worry," Joe said. "You don't have to see the queen. If you see her eggs and developing larvae, you know she's there." About a week later, curiosity moved Suzanne to look in their hive. She saw newly laid eggs and growing larvae in different stages of development. Joe was right. She never saw the queen, but she saw her handiwork.

Our search for God can be much like Suzanne's quest for the queen bee. We long to see God; but because God is invisible, we get discouraged. Yet, if we take time to look, we see signs of God's presence around us. Just as Suzanne hasn't seen her queen bee, she hasn't seen God face-to-face. But she has seen God's handiwork, so she knows God is near.

Take time today to look around you and see the handiwork of our loving heavenly Father. It is everywhere.

Prayer: Dear Lord, give us eyes to see you and faith to believe, in Jesus' name, amen.

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