The other morning, I got my first real confirmation that summer is just around the corner. I spotted a dying wasp on my hall floor. My first, horrified, thought was, “Argh! It surely can’t be wasp season already. Is this the start of my customary summer ritual?” since for the last three years, I’ve been ‘blessed’ with whopping great wasp nests, and the joy of dealing with them. I apparently have a very attractive loft space.
But this has caused me to look into wasp nests in some depth. At the risk of seeming a wasp bore, I’ve come to realise that wasp nests are quite fascinating things. I appreciate this will be of little comfort if you’ve been stung, but they are amazing engineering structures, and the wasps live in complex colonies with clear roles, care for each other, and live in a high state of social harmony.
Wasps are highly social creatures and in this they reflect their creator. Seeing that dying wasp on my floor has caused me to reflect and marvel afresh on God and creation, and how we’re called to live. Our God is at heart a God of relationship and we are created in God’s image. That means, we’re created to be in loving relationship with first God, and then to love what our creator loves which means each other. We’re called to live in harmony with each other as a united body of believers, working together to further God’s kingdom in the power of the Holy Spirit.
This has made me to ponder afresh on 1 Corinthians 12 where the Apostle Paul compares the church with the human body. Paul stresses how each part of the body, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is in fact vital for the well-being and function of the whole. What’s more, there should be no division in the body, and all the parts should have equal concern for each other. And not only is it for our well-being but it is the path to joy. As he puts it in verse 26, “if one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it”.
Seeing that wasp, and thinking about its nest, has been a great reminder to me of how we’re called to live. I’ve been challenged to reflect on how well I do this. And as we go into summer, and a wasp starts bothering you, remember the good things about how it lives … before you deal with it!