I heard someone the other day using the bumble bee as an example for us of overcoming obstacles and achieving what should be impossible. You see, scientists tell us that bumble bees, based on the size and shape of their body in relation to their wings, should not be able to fly. This speaker then made the case that, like the bumble bee, we can overcome great odds to do anything we want.
At the risk of sounding negative, I should remind you there are a lot of animals that shouldn’t be able to fly…and don’t. The beaver, the grizzly bear, the elephant all cannot fly, no matter how much faith, belief or perseverance they muster up.
Sound pretty cynical? Hear me out.
It’s not just faith we need. The bumble bee can fly in the face of overwhelming odds because he was created to do so. The beaver was not created to fly, so no amount of wanting, desiring, dreaming or scheming will give the beaver the ability to one day make lift off.
As Americans, we seem to think it’s our birthright to do whatever we want. We have that message drilled into our heads by parents, teachers, coaches, pastors and mentors. “You can be whatever you want to be!”
But what about what God wants me to be? The question we must first ask ourselves is “what am I created to do?” Doesn’t it make sense to find that out first, instead of spending a lifetime beating my head against a wall trying to do something that is on the exterior of God’s plan for me?
Once we figure out what we are made to do, that’s where faith comes in. Even in the center of God’s plan there will be obstacles, difficulties and trials. Like the bumble bee, there will be those telling us our dream is impossible, that we are unable to do what God has placed in our heart. We will wrestle with self-doubt, with failure and fear.
We’re not all bumble bees. But we are all something. We are all unique and have a job to do on this earth. Will God call me out of my comfort zone? Absolutely. Be He also prepares me with the tools I need to accomplish that to which He has called me. The challenge is to find that thing my Creator has placed in me, and with unwavering faith pursue that path.
Or, I could waste my life trying to fly.