Harvesting Honey

In Malaysia they have a honey that grows high in the tualang trees. It is called tualang honey. This honey is prized for its healing properties. Evidently it is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients and even holds some tumor fighting ingredients. But it is not easy to get at because the bee hive is high up in the tualang trees. Some have been up as high as 289 feet high! Those who harvest the honey need to climb up the trees using ropes to get to the hives. Some tualang trees can have as many as 100 hives on them. As you might imagine, it is dangerous work to get the honey from these hives, but the benefit makes it worth it!
It seems that much of life is made up of the need to work hard to yield the benefit from it. The farmer rises early to work the soil, the business owner often spends hours late at night doing paperwork, moms work late into the evening catching up on household chores to take care of the family. It is a constant struggle to get ahead. I guess it doesn’t surprise me since I read that even before the fall, man was placed in the garden of Eden to “work it”. The full enjoyment of the benefit of taking care of the garden was interrupted when the fall occurred. The ability to fully enjoy the work was now replaced with a sense of having to toil through it. But there is still honey to gather.
” Do your best to present yourselves to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” 2 Timothy 2:15
Only after the labor of studying and applying the scriptures to our own lives will we be able to take hold of the spiritual fruit. Much like the work to gather the tualang honey, it takes work to eventually taste the result of working hard studying and applying scripture. Don’t give up, reach just a little higher!
~ That’s how I see it ~ Pastor Dave