When we hear the phrase "the birds and the bees" our minds tend to wander to awkward conversations with young people about the intricacies of God's creation and the circle of life. Well, you can relax a bit today, that is not the subject matter that I have chosen to consider. Rather, when I consider how God is moving at our church, this theme took on a completely different meaning.
In the second message of our series "Finding your Hallelujah" we challenged our family to follow the example of Christ in Matthew 6 by doing some bird watching this week and consider how God loves and provides for them. By doing so, we pray that it will grow our faith as we seek to serve and give out of the abundance of his blessings in our lives as we walk in contentment. But this challenge does not end with our individual pilgrimage as we encounter the wonders of God in His creation.
It hit the news media yesterday that Ortho a leading producer of pesticide made a major adjustment to its products by intentionally trying to not kill the bees! For many this may seem outrageous as the peril of busy bees during Spring can seem to be a real threat. Then I considered not only the impact of the absence of bees on God's creation, but what if there were no pollen? The mere mention of pollen elicits harsh reactions as people consider seasonal allergies and the conversion of their cars to the color green! Yet, could it be that both bees and pollen have a bum rap?
While we bemoan the existence of bees and pollen, they play a significant role in what the Lion King movie celebrated as the circle of life! Life without these elements within God's creation would significantly hinder the existence and reproduction of the many flowers that we have grown to love and appreciate.
Things to remember about and learn from pollination:
1. It may cause discomfort from time to time, but remember the flowers.
Reaching people will be messy. They will not understand church polity, unwritten rules, etc. While many of us may have been believers for much of our lives, many do not have the benefit of that experience.
Strive for patience as we not only have new people, but new cultures.
Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith. Proverbs 25:4, NLT
2. Pollen means the growth and multiplication of something beautiful.
While our cars may be dusty and our eyes itchy, we know that Spring has sprung and many more flowers are on the way. Growth and reaching people is a really good thing. We need to pray toward ways that they can connect and be involved. Serving in various ministries such as Life Groups/Sunday School, Spring Festival, Crisis Center, and other ministries makes a big difference in our church and the impact that we are able to make.
For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.
2 Corinthians 9:10, NLT
3. Pollen season doesn’t last forever.
While I hope that we are always reaching people, the intensive labor that many have undertaken to fulfill the vision of the church will improve as we engage others in the harvest and the vision that God has given us. Many have expressed that they are exhausted at times from serving in multiple roles in the life of the church, but we know that as people are discipled, they will join us in the ministry as well.
We have a very fluid leadership pipeline right now, but with time we pray that there will be a clearer delineation of how people can grow and serve at Peace Haven.
"The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.
Luke 10:2, NLT