I'm not talking about the human migrant workers who help harvest our grain, fruits, and vegetables. (I hope that the "Mini" in the title tipped you off to that.) I'm talking about the honeybees who make crops possible in the first place by pollinating the plants that produce them. Since bees travel distances to find the pollen to make their honey, and in the process they get it all over themselves and thus spread it from plant to plant, even from field to field, the term "migrant" was, at least, allowable.
The menace is called "Colony Collapse Disorder." Researchers are studying why it can cause bees to abandon their hives and their orderly behavior. Large numbers of honeybees are continuing to die off for reasons we humans are struggling to understand. Have we been causing it with our pesticides - perhaps even the ones we have used to try to help the bees fight off mites? Is it the mites themselves? Is it a combination of factors? The research goes on.
Americans have not known major catastrophic famine the way it strikes other nations. (The Depression-era Dust Bowl might be an exception or the closest that we have come.) If we keep losing honeybees and their significant contribution to crop production - well, I am neither an agriculturist nor an economist, and in general, I have said for years that if there indeed is a spiritual gift of prophecy for today, I don't have it. Those who know say the picture is not good.
Is this a sign of God judging America? When He was giving His Law to the Israelites, God instructed them they would not see an immediate victory over the idol-worshipping nations to whom He had given four hundred years to change their ways. He said that if the people all perished at once it would cause the wild animal population to increase explosively, making it unsafe for Israel to inhabit. Instead, God said that he would pester and plague these people using those wild animals - and God included a reference to hornets and other insects. My point is that God made explicit assertions in Scripture that He has control of the insects as well as the animals and can increase or decrease their populations if He wishes. When we are still having a problem attributing Colony Collapse Disorder to anything else, we who believe the Scriptures should start to see God's hand at work.
This is just one more reason we need to obey Scripture and pray for those in authority in our country. In the scheme set out in the Monthly Guide, the Department of Agriculture would come under the first Saturday, ("Support," or the government's bureaucratic departments), on the Federal level. Your state's Department of Agriculture would be on the second Saturday; any relevant county authority, on the third. We need to pray for their health, their perseverance, their creative problem-solving abilities - and their salvation if they don't already know Jesus Christ. (As always, [I Tim 2:1-5] is the key, and it mentions salvation.) The honeybee is a centuries-old symbol of industrious, diligent work for the good of one's community. It is also a vital part of our food chain. If God is involved in the widespread disaster called CCD, prayer is surely a crucial link to its solution.
A Christian man living in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. Came under conviction in 1978 or 1979 to begin believing the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Came to saving faith in Christ in October 1982 by confessing I was a sinner by nature and only Christ could save me.