The Bees

I had gone one day to call on a friend living near, and as she walked down the drive with me on my homeward way, she told me of a little difficulty which had arisen in her household and which was causing considerable inconvenience to some guests. A swarm of bees had settled under her roof, just over her spare-room. It was during a very hot spell, and though it seemed impossible to keep the windows closed against the fresh air, it seemed equally impossible to open them to admit the turbulent near-by troop. Here was a problem indeed! The guests, a clergyman and his wife, possessing, I suppose, some considerable experience of country life and its difficulties, had declared to my friend that she would need to have some of the tiles removed and the bees "smoked out" before she could hope to be free from them!

So, as we walked and talked, we tried to turn upon this problem what understanding of Truth we had each gained through the teachings of Christian Science. We recalled the fact that God's kingdom is now come; that all the creatures formed by Him are His, and obey His voice; that God has prepared a place for each and all, and that divine Love alone governs all, hence all must know and find their right place. On my quiet walk home I tried to realize these truths more fully in connection with my friend's problem, and I am quite sure that she, for her part, did the same.

For some days I heard nothing more of the bees, until at last, curiosity prompting me, I called to ask news of them. "Oh! they have gone," I was told; and here, for the seeing eye, was yet another proof of the effectual and practical help which the demonstration of Truth in Christian Science brings into all the details of our daily lives. There had been no inconvenience through having workmen about, no tiles taken off, and no "smoking," with its consequent suffering for the bees; the tiny winged workers had simply and naturally flown away to seek and find their right nesting-place!

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"If ye faint not"
February 14, 1914

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