Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Consider the lilies of the field

And the bees of the hive.

Not by man’s or woman’s hand

Are they still alive!

Only God, in His great plan

Can array them like this.                                                           

They’re alive!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea.


Weather in Ohio is crazy.  One day it’s 20 degrees, the next day it’s 50!  Just a few days ago, I watched the snow coming down and wondered if any of our bees were still alive.  They had been so neglected while we were out of town caring for my mom.  Today, a warm front came through and it was in the 60’s in January!  Steve and I took a walk out to the hives, to see if any of our bees had survived.

Before we even got close, we could see them coming and going from the entrance of the nearest hive!  They had made it!  We pulled the cover They're alive!off to inspect and found bees and honey stores still in the frames.  We also noticed activity at a second hive and found bees and honey there, too.

In our rush to get out of town 2 months earlier, we had forgotten to pull the hive top feeders off, and take in the inner covers (now soaked through from the rain and snow).  Not the best beekeeping practitioners at this point! But since we had 2 hives still alive, we decided to leave things as they were and not change what was working.  One hive still had sugar-water in the feeder, and the warm weather was melting it to liquid.  The only thing we did was put little sticks in under the cover the give each hive a little air vent, to help with moisture that might collect.  We’ve been told the bees can handle the cold, but not being wet!

If these 2 hives make it through the rest of the winter, it won’t be due to our expert beekeeping this year.  Only our Creator’s great design will do it.  We’ll try to pray them through till spring!

Matthew 6:28-34

 28 . . . Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,

29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.