I sit at the front desk in my office, facing large glass double doors. Just outside the front doors are flowers and bushes that attract honey bees and hummingbirds. I love watching them through the window throughout the day.
This morning, however, I heard a buzzing sound and noticed that a honey bee had been trapped inside. He was flying against the glass door on the right, frantically trying to get out. In an attempt to rescue him, I walked over to the door and discovered that it was locked. So I opened the door on the left instead. This poor little honey bee wouldn’t leave the door he was at to fly to the open door. His escape was a mere two feet to his left, and he didn’t know it was there.
I tried to move him to the left using a business card, but he flew away from my business card and went straight back to flying against the door. Exasperated, I propped the left door open with a rock and went back to my desk. By now, I was completely invested in the fate of my little honey bee. I watched.
He flew closer to the ground – always against that door – and then suddenly he was hovering a couple inches above the floor without moving around. Confused, I walked over, only to discover that my little friend had been wrapped in a spider web, with the spider crawling toward him. I panicked, grabbed my business card again, moved the spider away, gently brushed some of the spider webs off the bee, and then picked the bee up and carried him outside through the door that had been open to him the whole time.
This little honey bee has been on my mind all day, and I have learned a couple of very valuable lessons.
As I watched him fight against that door, which would never open for him, I pictured myself stuck against my own doors throughout life – bad habits, sins, dead-end jobs or relationships, activities that have wasted my time away – any situation where I am no longer moving forward toward my goals.
How often are we so stuck that we cannot see the open door two feet away?
And then, to my dismay, when he didn’t move away from that door, he found himself trapped. He was no longer in control of his situation, or his life, for that matter. Had I not interfered, he would have died there.
But here comes the second valuable lesson: I did interfere. I found myself in the position of a rescuer (albeit a frantic one). Despite my frustrations when he wouldn’t fly in the direction I wanted him to move, my love for that gentle little honey bee – small and insignificant as he might seem – would not allow me to sit back and watch him die. And I thought of my Savior and His ministering angels interfering in my life when I have simply lost control.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, “My beloved brothers and sisters, I testify of angels, both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In doing so I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face. …On occasions, global or personal, we may feel we are distanced from God, shut out from heaven, lost, alone in dark and dreary places. Often enough that distress can be of our own making, but even then the Father of us all is watching and assisting. And always there are those angels who come and go all around us, seen and unseen, known and unknown, mortal and immortal.”
My question for you today: Against what closed doors are you flying?
I challenge you to examine your life. Look for those bad habits, those unnecessary ruts, those sins that are holding you back. Then move away from them! When one door closes, another one opens. We just have to be brave enough to move so that we can see the open door.