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Bumble Bees Can’t Fly

Uniquely UOur guest today is Barbra Russell. She is the Director of Counseling at the Potter’s House Church of Denver.  Barbra is also a humorous and energetic speaker, writer, motivator and educator, who shares proven insights that positively changes lives. 


Bumble Bees Can’t Fly” – This myth apparently goes back as far as the 1930’s when Ludwig Prandti, a pioneer of aerodynamics at the University of Göttingen in Germany discussed a mathematical equation with his students.  This equation compared how airplanes fly and how bumble bees fly.

His conclusion?  Aerodynamically, mathematically, bumble bees can’t fly – and the story was born!  Barbra Russell

Sometimes we believe such myths about ourselves:  “I can’t because _______ (fill in the blank).  I’m too fat, skinny, old, young, etc. etc.  Somewhere along the line, many of us wound up believing we’re not good enough.

I grew up feeling inadequate and insecure because I felt my father did not love me and that nothing I did was good enough.

Needless to say, that incorrect belief caused problems for me well into adulthood.

What is the truth?

For the bumble bee, the truth lies in the fact that static (still) objects are governed by different stability laws than dynamic (moving) objects.  For example, a bicycle left standing without support will fall over.  When that bicycle gets rolling along, it’s quite stable.  The same law applies to the bumble bee; as a static object it’s not aerodynamically stable.  But when it’s flapping its wings, it’s a whole different story!

By the same token, we humans can make damaging assumptions about ourselves.  Perhaps we internalized messages from our childhood, a bad boss or those cruel kids in middle school.

However, let’s look at the truth from God’s perspective:

If we say:

God says:  

“It’s impossible…” All things are possible.  (Luke 18:27)
“I’m too tired…” I will give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28-30)
“Nobody really loves me…” I love you.  (John 3:16, 13:34)
“I can’t go on…” My grace is sufficient.  (2 Cor. 12:9; Psalm 1:15)
“I can’t figure it out…” You can do all things.  (Philippians 4:13)
“I’m not able…” I am able.  (2 Corinthians 9:8)
“It’s not worth it…” It will be worth it.  (Romans 8:28)
“I can’t forgive myself…” I forgive you.  (1 John 1:9, Romans 8:1)
“I can’t manage…” I will supply all your needs.  (Philippians 4:19)
“I’m afraid…” I have not given you a spirit of fear  (2 Timothy 1:7)

 “Bumble Bees Can’t Fly” – That’s a lie. 

The bumble bee, ignorant of the story told about it, continues to move its yellow and black striped body from flower to flower, helping to pollinate the earth and do its job.

Just like the bumble bee, you can overcome stories told about you and false assumptions you have come to believe.   You are here for a purpose; you have a contribution to make in this world.  Believe God’s truth and “Keep On Flying!”

Barbra Russell, MA, LPC
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Think about it…
What myth are you believing about yourself?
What truth do you need to believe in place of that myth?

Share your thoughts with us, just comment below…


4 thoughts on “Bumble Bees Can’t Fly

  1. This is a skillful analogy of the flight of a bumblebee and the laws of physics, and how this applies to faith. When we believe what the Word says, above all that we see or feel, we will please God and begin to enter into the spiritual world where anything is possible with God. This article, like the bumblebee in flight, creates lift. We need more writing like this – it gives hope with a fresh way of looking.
    Thank you


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