God, Family, and Bees

My oldest and dearest friend, Chip Burnside (who is also my cousin) came for a visit.  So of course I
took him to my apiary.  He had a great time and took lots of pictures.  However, that is not what this blog is about today.

Today I want to talk about God and prayer.  I have a hard time imagining a beekeeper who is an atheist.  However, I suppose for the same reason a Christian looks at the wonders of bees and sees the divine – the atheist sees evolution.  Nonetheless, I am a man of faith – a foul-mouthed, perverted, angry, often self-serving sinner – but a man of faith just the same.

My cousin, Chip (I refer to him in that way so much, I think his proper name should be My-Cousin-Chip).  Anyway, Chip is a devout Christian of amazing faith – he’s delightfully flawed but I know he is close to God.  I feel that he is more loved by God than me – though as I write this, I can see the error of that sort of thinking.  Just the same, I rely on Chip for spiritual guidance (even if I don’t always agree with him).

This brings me to the point.  I have applied for a job with the USDA office.  I am perfectly qualified for it and the opening is right here in my own community.  The pay is very good and I would be home every night (unlike my offshore job).  So I have been praying for this job.  Praying constantly – since there is no job I have ever wanted more.  My family (especially my wife) are praying for this too.  I should know the full outcome in the next 41 days.

I of course asked Chip to pray with me about the job — and of course he did.  But he prayed, “God, if this is your will, then let it be done.”  My father-n-law echoes this same prayer each night at supper.  They both believe we should not pray for what we want but only for God’s will.

Before I go any further, I know that God knows what is best for me.  I know that his will is better for me than mine.  I truly believe in Romans 8:28

King James Bible
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

However with that said, I question this notion that we should pray for “God’s will”.  To pray for God’s will is like praying for the sun to rise.  Only God’s will is ever done!  I believe that God is in control of everything (though I don’t believe he controls everything – some things he allows to happen without causing them)… but his will cannot be overcome.  So to pray that God does whatever he wants is like praying that the sun will rise… pray — don’t pray… it will still be done.

My point is this, Mark 11:24 says “…whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  The same is echoed in Matthew 21:22, 1 John 3:22, and many others.

Luke 22:42 Jesus prays “Take this cup from me.  Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”  In this verse, Jesus asks that God change his will but agrees to be okay with his will no matter the outcome.

God’s “will” is always accomplished – so I do pray that I will be okay with whatever his will is.  However, I also pray that he will give me this job and make it a blessing to me and my family.

I’m not a preacher, and I am sure that there are people that will both agree with me and others that will think I am a moron (if not a heretic).  I think I am writing this blog today, as a way to walk through my feelings on the subject.

I have prayed and I am confident that my prayers will be answered.


The moth infested hive has died.  I am now down to 8 hives.  One of my other splits has hive beetles. And the three hives that contain my new Italians are doing well if not still a bit slow.  I also found the queen in one of my hives.  It is the first time I have found one all year (I normally look for brood rather than disturbing the hive for a long period of searching).  I’m glad I got to share that with Chip.

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