My family lives on almost 12 acres of land. For three years my husband tried his hand at being a beekeeper, but Wisconsin winters make it hard to be successful.
So we found a better deal. Every spring, a local beekeeper brings bees to our property to work their honey-making magic. He picks them up in the fall and takes them to California to spend the winter in almond orchards.
Usually they get delivered at night when the bees are nestled all snug in their hives. This year, however, because it was still cool, the beekeeper brought 30 hives during the day. The next morning, we found an unusually large number of dead honeybees on our driveway.
My husband called the beekeeper, who wasn’t terribly surprised. He explained that when you relocate bees during the day, they get confused about where their home is.
Sometimes I get confused about where my home is. Maybe you do too.
This world is a pretty great home. There are people to love, fun things to do, and beauty and scenery that takes our breath away. It’s easy to get distracted by meetings and vacations and politics and school decisions and having kids and moving to a new house. This is also a hard world that’s filled with unexpected and unimaginable pain, confusion, loss, fear, and conflict. Those troubles can take all our energy and focus too.
There’s a different home for you, and I don’t want you to be confused about it. Right before Jesus died on a cross and came back to life, he told his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:1-3).
This world—as both awesome and awful as it can be—is temporary. This is not all there is. The “Father’s house” is called heaven, and Jesus is making a place for you. It’s a home that will be more than pretty great. It will be perfect, without any sadness or crying or pain or death. However, Jesus does not want you to be confused about something else either. The only way to get to that home is to believe in him. And he died to get you safely home.
Please don’t be confused about that and get lost outside.
Linda Buxa is a writer who once got stung smack in the middle of her forehead by a honeybee. Her face swelled up so much she looked like Fiona from Shrek for a week.