According to the National Park Service, a pollinator is anything that helps carry pollen from the male part of the flower (stamen) to the female part of the same or another flower (stigma). The movement of pollen must occur for the the plant to become fertilized and produce fruits, seeds, and young plants.
They go on to cite that some pollinators, including many bee species, intentionally collect pollen. Others, such as many butterflies, move pollen accidentally. Pollen sticks on their bodies while they are drinking or feeding on nectar in the flower blooms and is transported unknowingly from flower to flower resulting in pollination.
I know, you’re just as excited by the thought of a pollinator as I am, right? Oh, well, perhaps I should tell you what about all of this resonates with me so much. All Believers in Jesus Christ are pollinators, whether we are aware of it or not. When you think of Believers in terms of the bride of Christ, as noted in scripture, and of Christ Himself as our bridegroom, then you may also see Him as the male (or stamen), and Believers as the female (stigma).
In case I haven’t lost you yet, that means each day as we come to Him through prayer and bible study, we become thoroughly coated in the pollen of His Word! Then, just by being ourselves and nothing more, as we flutter around to all those we interact with throughout our day (intentionally or otherwise) we share the pollen of His word with others so they, too, can bear fruit. I find this so beautiful!
Have a pollen-filled day, everyone!