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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)

TITLE: The Flight of the Bumble Bee
By Delores Baber


It was a particularly beautiful day and Bart, the bumble bee, had been flitting from flower to flower. He happened to be in a park and was approaching some lovely rose bushes when he heard someone talking. He had landed near a stand in the park where a man was making a speech.

Normally he paid no attention to what the humans had to say. Most of it didn’t make any sense to him. But this time he perked up when the man spoke about him.

“What’s that he’s saying about bumble bees not being designed to fly?”

The man explained to the small crowd listening that aerodynamically speaking, the bumble bee had a body much too large for flight, and the wings far too small to carry a body of that size. No one would ever design a plane in such a manner.

“What’s that he’s saying? Shouldn’t be able to fly? Of course I can fly!” thought Bert.

But as he listened he looked down at his body and had to admit he was a rather bulky creature. Not trim like the honey bee.
He had never noticed this before. And then he twisted his head to look at his wings. “Why the man’s right. Look how small my wings are. I never noticed this before. How in the world have I been able to get this huge body of mine in the air?”

Suddenly Bert felt tired. Tired and heavy. Very heavy. He noticed a lovely butterfly flit by and sighed, “Look at those wings! And in Technicolor too. And all that wing for such a little body.”

Now Bert had settled on a limb wondering how he would ever make it back home. He felt ashamed of his body. He began to resent the butterflies around the park. “Look at them. They’ve got it made. Why couldn’t I have been given wings like that? And why does my body have to be so…so….bulky! That’s what I am, I’m bulky!”

While Bert was stewing over his situation the speaker had finished and another speaker had walked to the podium.

“Great! Now I suppose he’s going to point out some flaws in my construction, too.”

The man opened a black book and began to explain how the Creator doesn’t make mistakes. That everything was created just as He wished it to be. The giraffe’s long neck was the just the right length. God chose, for reasons known only to Him to put stripes on the zebra. And man, the only creature the Lord made that didn’t come with his own covering, was made that way according to the Lord’s design.

He began to read from the black book; “ I will praise Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Thy works. . …” As the man spoke he reminded the people that all of creation was designed by God who makes all things according to His plan. He said, “When God made all living things He looked upon them and declared them good.”

“Good.” Bert thought, “I’ve been declared to be wonderfully made and the Creator says I’m good. I look just the way He designed me to look. He like my body and my wings just as they are. I been flying without any trouble all this time and I nearly believed that I was a mistake. But I’m not, because God doesn’t make mistakes, and He made me.”

With renewed joy Bert sailed away on the very wings the Creator has designed for him.

And you, reader, is there something about yourself that you don’t like? Did you want blue eyes? Or did you wish you were a bit taller? Maybe a bit slimmer? Do you hate your red hair and freckles? Bert learned a valuable lesson and you can learn it too. You are made exactly the way God wanted you to be. You are unique. He already had your picture in His mind when He began to form you. Celebrate who you are! Rejoice in your Creator’s work. You truly are wonderfully made. He has a special plan for your life.

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Kristen Hester06/07/07
Great message and nice story. Watch out for name changes. Bart became Bert. :) My daughter and I read this together and enjoyed it. Thanks!
Esther Gellert06/08/07
I loved this little story. What a great way of teaching kids that God made them just the way He wanted them.
Debbie Roome 06/10/07
Sweet story that has such a good application to our lives.
Myrna Noyes06/11/07
Very enjoyable story with an important message! With all the pressure on even young children to look, act, and talk a certain way; this piece can help children be happy being just who God made them to be! Nice job! :)
Janice Cartwright06/13/07
The theme of your story is one of my favorites for young or old, out identity in the One who made us, reminiscent of Max Lucado's "You Are Special." I loved the visual of Bert examining his body and wings. Excellent writing that fit the genre well.