Mr. Bumblebee flies home

I was sitting in my garden room on a warm, sunny morning when a big bumblebee flew inside. He was in, but he wanted to be out. He was searching and searching for a way to fly back outdoors. I opened the window wider, along with the patio door into the garden, and tried to show him where to go. 

But he ignored me and continued to buzz against a window pane. He didn’t seem to know to look for another way. So I decided to leave him alone. I hoped he would find his way out soon.

But that night, the bumblebee was still there. Again I tried to help him find the open door or window. I was afraid he was getting tired from buzzing and buzzing, and I really wanted him to fly back home.

I wondered if there was anything else I could do to help him. Then I had an idea. I could pray. I thought about some ideas from the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson. You can find it in the Christian Science Quarterly, which you might have seen if you go to Christian Science Sunday School. The topic that week was “God the Only Cause and Creator,” and it was all about God’s intelligent creation. I knew that included Mr. Bumblebee!

Then I had a very interesting idea. I wondered why I was trying to fix things, when God was already in charge of His own creation. Hadn’t He created the bee with its own God-given intelligence? Yes, I thought. Mr. Bumblebee had all the intelligence he needed, coming straight from God!

Right then, the bee stopped buzzing against the window pane. He turned and flew straight out the door and was free.

Later I thought of a passage from a book I love to read along with the Bible: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. In one place, this book says that “. . . infinite space is peopled with God’s ideas, reflecting Him in countless spiritual forms” (p. 503).

I loved thinking of Mr. Bumblebee this way. He was one of those countless spiritual forms, the expression of Life (another name for God) and intelligence. I felt so happy to know that this beautiful creature, who was treasured by God, had found his freedom.

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