As a beekeeper, I have the privilege of working amidst the honey bees as I listen to the diligent hum of the yard. Each season accompanies unique tasks bringing variety to my work. Spring is peak queen-raising season being the premier time to expand into more colonies as the earth awakens. Summer’s warmth is spent trying to endure the heat while propelling the bees toward the winter ensuring they have plenty of food. Typically, harvest time occurs in July-August when we cut into the comb oozing with honey. Fall is a hectic period of the year as we are nearing the last sprint towards winter’s chilly blast doing everything to ensure the bees are prepared. Long at last winter arrives. All the hours of grinding work have brought us to this point. The bees now have the job of surviving until creation begins to warm.
As suddenly as the chaotic events of 2020 came upon us, the next election cycle of 2022 has rolled into process this very day. Indeed, cries amongst conservatives to “take back the country” ring everywhere amidst this beautiful land of freedom. There is no doubt that the cultural waters of these last two years of American history have been turbulent. COVID, an abnormal presidential election, January 6th, lockdowns, masks, vaccines, mandates, abortion, LGBTQ, Critical Race Theory, economic uncertainty, and I honestly cannot even keep track of the numerous issues dotting our landscape. Each one of these points served as proverbial landmines shaking up the nation to the very core. Regardless of your political position, you almost certainly have thoughts about these issues and know that whatever they are they not only divide those in our nation, but do so in a deeply profound manner.
The countless hours spent pouring over the text of Scripture in sermon preparation. Long conversations striving to give biblical wisdom to others dealing with painful life issues. Witnessing in one-on-one conversations behind the scenes. Walking through all of the administrative and oversight issues of the local church. Pastor, you know as well as I do that those called to the ministry are constantly engaged in all of these pursuits alongside many more. It is our privilege to serve the Lord in the work of the ministry. I have seen the kind providence of God unfolding in allowing me to work for His glory. Yet, it often seems as though many men burnout giving way to fatigue, discouragement, and despair leading them to quit the work. They seem to give way to the quicksand burying down to the bottom.