is enough ever enough?

Food for the body is not enough.
There must be food for the soul.

Dorothy Day

At first you think you are merely looking into a flower.
A bloom from a rose of sharon plant.
But upon further inspection, there happens to be a bumble bee deep inside, covered in sticky pollen.

And not only was there one pollen covered bumble bee, there were several…

It was as if the bees simply couldn’t get enough.
They were gorging on nectar while becoming completely covered in sticky pollen.
So much so that many of the bees had become lethargic.
So overtly satiated, that they were almost catatonic…
and yet they kept on with their quest of consumption…

Happily miserable with themselves.

And who among us has not gone after something equally tantalizing with a
similar gusto and vigor?
Gobbling up our fill until we can barely move, able to go no further…
as we are full, engorged and yet unable to push back, calling it quits…
Pressing on until we actually make ourselves sick…

Yet what if we sought God with a similar desire?
With an unabashed hunger…
seeking to fill the bottomless void of our hearts?
As we eventually bask, being happily full and
deeply satiated, in all that is of Him….

But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and
into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into
ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
Some people, eager for money,
have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

But you, man of God,
flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love,
endurance and gentleness.
Fight the good fight of the faith.
Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made
your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus,
who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,
I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the
appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which God will bring about in his own timeβ€”God,
the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light,
whom no one has seen or can see.
To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:8-16

(al pollen ladend bumble bees in various Rose of Sharon blooms /
Julie Cook /2017)

21 comments on “is enough ever enough?

  1. Lynda says:

    My Rose of Sharon bushes are finally blooming – it’s been a strange summer here. How dependent we are on one another – the bees need us to plant so they can live and revel in the nectar; just as we need each other to encourage one another along the way. As I grow older I realize how important being present is to others – as Jesus was present in a very tangible way, always putting people ahead of other considerations.

  2. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Amen Julie πŸ™‚

  3. Salvageable says:

    Fantastic photographs and interesting thoughts. J.

    • Thank you—that was the first thought that popped into my head when I saw these bees making pigs of themselves—how I too make a pig from time to time—but wouldn’t it be just grand if I did so as far as God was concerned—getting filled up completely with Him….

    • I left a comment on your Beatles post but it seems to have gone into moderation / spam land…

  4. I can identify with gorging bees…it is my tendency to take for myself to much of a good thing (aka..greedy)! Thank you for reminding me of the Lord’s encouragement to be content with the simple things he has provided us. And to know deep down that it is enough…

  5. Citizen Tom says:

    The rose of sharon plant sure is pretty, but it seems the bees are better off with plain old dutch clover. Did the delighted little critters ever recover?

  6. oneta hayes says:

    Blessed is he who hungers and thirsts after righteousness. Your writing and pictures present that thought well.

  7. Splendid as usual. But I must say that pain is more than enough any time day or night. πŸ™‚ ❀

  8. SLIMJIM says:

    That was a very very vivid illustration.

  9. Wally Fry says:

    Reblogged this on Truth in Palmyra and commented:
    This made me think of this:
    Psalm 42:1
    “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God”

    Are we like that deer or the bee Julie wrote about? How intensely do we hunger and thirst for God?

    Comments closed here, go share your thoughts with Julie

    Blessings and enjoy!

  10. Tricia says:

    Very beautiful post Julie, both with visuals and in words! “Happily miserable with themselves.” over that line especially, so very appropriate to today’s circumstances.

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