Worker Bees

Stephanie Disselkoen

READ : Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

What do workers gain from their toil? (3:9 NIV)

As a beekeeper I’ve picked up some astonishing facts about bees and their work. For example, one worker bee makes only 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. The minute volume of honey a bee produces comforts me often. Sometimes—

usually late at night—I begin to wonder, “Does my work matter? Does my ‘1/12 of a teaspoon’ count to God?”

Over time, he has shown me that without my “1/12 of a teaspoon,” the “pound of honey” wouldn’t be complete. God can use me because the people (and bees) he’s put in my life need me. I am his hands and feet to my children, my husband, and my bees. Our work here on earth may seem unimportant some days, but without our toil the world would be askew.

Solomon asks what workers gain from their toil. And I’d like to add, “What gain does God get from my work?” Solomon says it’s difficult for us to grasp the scope of God’s plan. It’s hard to see where and how our 1/12 of a teaspoon fits into the whole picture. His conclusion is refreshing: enjoy the fruits of your labor and let God worry about the grand scheme of things.

So, if you are doubting your small part in God’s grand design, relax and know that you were placed here for a purpose by a God who values your 1/12 of a teaspoon.


Dear Lord, I give you my 1/12 of a teaspoon today. Please use it for your glory.