I SAID "I do not know" how birds dwelling near wasps' nests escape stinging. Second thoughts show me that I do know.
God's Providence keeps them safe.
In the same sense as young ravens cry to God, we may think of all other feeble instinctive creatures as trusting in Him:--"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee."
Even so the rose dwells amidst a guard of thorns, and stands alone in her loveliness.
Surely the rose, our own cherished rose, would lose a fine finishing touch of grace and beauty if divorced from her thorns.
And cannot we, who are so much better than bird or flower, take courage to trust our Heavenly Father implicitly? saying and feeling that if only we are such as love Him, our "wasps" and "thorns" alike are ordained for good; inasmuch as "all things work together for good to them that love God."