By Diane Virginia
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that he has made… so that they are without excuse.”
Intelligent design. This is a term we’ve coined to describe the complexity of nature’s design as evidence of an Intelligent Designer. God is this Intelligent Designer and He has an eye for design. Consider as an example the honeybee. God created the bee with five eyes—three simple and two compound. He fashioned the bee’s four wings to lock together during flight like a zipper. He gave the bee two stomachs—one for eating and one for storing nectar. He covered the honeybees legs with fishhook-like hair in just the right areas. Thus, as the honeybee collects honey, he also catches pollen, and as a result, his food source thrives even though he is unaware.
The bee’s social structure points us to the Intelligent Designer. The honeybee cooperates with his coworkers to fashion the hexagonal comb in which he stores nectar. This shape is strong. The honeybee cannot know this, but, nonetheless, the Designer has instilled in him the instinct to create the comb as a series of interlocking hexagons. The honeybee seals his sweet nectar delicacy into the comb’s chambers only when the hydration and sugar levels are optimal. On hot days, the honeybee will join other workers in a military-style lineup to fan the honey. Thus, it does not spoil from exposure to heat. Again, instinct is at work. Consider this example further, and we see that the bee’s ability to find its hive from distances and to relay the location of flower sources to its coworkers through waggle and circle dances requires the impartation of the Intelligent Designer. Furthermore, each bee has a different job in the hive—some guard, some collect honey, others nurse drones and eggs, and some mate with the queen. All of these intricacies speak of the existence of God who is the Intelligent Designer.
Paul speaks of the Intelligent Designer in Romans 1:20. He teaches us that when we look at anything in nature we have no excuse in realizing God exists. It is He who has designed our world with precision and creativity. The honeybee’s design is one of innumerous examples.
If God created this tiny creature with five eyes of two types, and with an orderly social system, then how did He designed you? Not only did He design you with innate abilities beyond instinctual impartation, He gifted you with His eye for design. In Genesis 1:26a He says, “Let us make man in our image… Let them [mankind] have dominion.” The God who designed you trusts you to care for all He has created. Adam’s job is ours now.
The honeybee is on the decline but it doesn’t have to be. Mites, pesticides, and urbanization has affected this little creature. As God’s caretakers, what can we do? We can support research on honeybee health, use pesticides responsibly, and support local farmers by buying their honey. We can plant wildflowers in our highway medians, backyards, and patios. The next time we see a honeybee, let’s remember that the Lord, who has an eye for design, has entrusted the honeybee and every creature to our care.
Father God, when I look at the honeybee, I see an example of Your eye for design. Help me to be a responsible steward of the bee and all You have created.[Top]