Romans 1:20 – “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made…”
Women really are better at getting directions!
The honey bee is one incredible character. Bee hives are inhabited by thousands upon thousands of bees. And with, the exception of a few drones, every one of them is a female.
I was first introduced to the world of honey bees by an old friend of mine. I met him while I was in the Navy and stationed in San Diego. He remained in San Diego and dabbled in all sorts of things. One of them was raising honey bees.
On one of my visits Jeff told me that he wanted to show me something astounding. He took me to the site of his honey bee hives. It was located in the foothills of the Rockies and situated on a canyon. He pointed across the canyon and said “See those flowering bushes across the canyon? Those are sage and make some of the sweetest honey. But that’s not the amazing thing, Craig. How the bees navigate is something that is almost too much to imagine.”
He told me that bees use the sun to navigate and do it so precisely that if he were to move the hive a few feet the bees would return and never find it. They would return to the exact spot they left….. within literally a foot or two…. And they would die.
Bees navigate using the sun as their “compass”.
Bees use the ultraviolet light of the sun so they can navigate even on cloudy days.
Bees are little mathematicians and use angles to the sun, both vertical and horizontal, to determine location.
Bees compensate for the sun’s movement across the sky during the day.
Bees compensate for the height of the sun as the seasons roll on.
Bees are able to “update” the position of the sun as they spend hours in the dark hive. When they come out of the hive they already know how far the sun has moved and compensate accordingly.
I have a frontal cortex that is light years beyond the brain of a bee.
A bee’s brain is 20,000 times less massive than mine.
But if you and I were making a trip to a neighboring town for the first time you wouldn’t want to go with me unless I had a GPS. Relying on me to get us home without the aid of advanced technology would be the dance of the doomed.
I’d make the wrong turn coming out of McDonald’s!
You’d want a bee on the dashboard. You’d want a bee…… not me!
Furthermore, the bee wouldn’t wait around “acquiring satellites”. She’d be on her way immediately. (And women say men don’t bother to get directions)
The lack of a precise navigational tool is a death warrant to a bee.
Every single one of these preposterous abilities are a part of the “bee brain”. She is certainly no “pea brain”.
They all must function in unison.
The complexity of this system defies explanation by a slow, cumbersome series of minute mutations and selections. Ask your evolutionist friend to map out how this process “evolved”. I’m betting you won’t hear from them.
But you’ll hear from me again.
The next thing I want to talk about is how these very same bees are some of the world’s best “guidance counselors”.