The stacks of white wooden bee hives dotted the tree line around the field. Thousands of bees worked tirelessly to produce delicious raw honey. There’s nothing like fresh honey on a hot, buttered biscuit.
With my Dad’s permission, Jack placed dozens of bee hives around the edges of his cow pastures. The thought occurred to me how nice it would be to have my own hive.
I thought about those thousands of bees working tirelessly to make honey for me. Sweet deal!
Jack agreed to teach me how to do it. I bought the necessary items. Jack help me set up my first bee hive.
But the glamour of free, sweet honey in my backyard soon faded. It’s hard work! Putting on the protective gloves and head netting on hot summer days in Arkansas proved torturous.
I didn’t last long at bee keeping. I soon donated by fledgling hive and bee-keeping equipment to Jack. I thanked him for trying.
When we say, “Teach me,” it comes with all the benefits, but also with all the sacrifice, hard work, and discipline of being taught. As a young man in my twenties I learned a valuable lesson. If I ask someone to teach me something, then I better be ready for what it will take to be taught!
So when you and I ask God to “teach me,” we must be ready not only for the rewards, benefits, and blessings, but also for the sacrifices, hard work, and discipline that will be necessary. The Psalmist prayed:
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. Psalm 143:10 NLT
I am praying this prayer today with the realization I will pay a price. Will you pray this prayer today too? But as you and I ask God to “teach us” today, we also must be willing to follow some uncomfortable instructions.
Our Father, teach us to do your will, for you are our God. May your gracious Spirit lead us forward on a firm footing.