“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest”
My husband will tell you, I get way too involved in my garden. I spend hours on just one bed and by the time I’m done, I feel pretty good about it. Being in the garden is my chance to clear my mind and focus on the important things in life – like the One who created a perfect garden with NO WEEDS!
Yesterday was a beautiful day to take them on. For some reason they keep coming back – kind of like old sins that nag at us. I was pulling bricks from a small path when I intruded on a colony of carpenter ants. No, they weren’t wearing little tool belts, but they came on with the force of a burly construction worker. Soon the disturbed little creatures were on the defense. I had invaded their space and they were angry..
I brushed ants off my clothing, my gloves and any exposed flesh. I was soon crawling with them. They were now invading my space! It got me thinking about how closed we can sometimes be until we have to take a stand on something. Our lives move along with normality until something gets in the way of our thinking, our planning, our goals. Then all of a sudden – we go ballistic. Our faith is being challenged – our beliefs stomped on – our core values pushed aside by some idea, philosophy or the devil himself.
It got me thinking about the Proverb regarding the ant. They work hard for their survival. They meet obstacles and overcome them. They’ve no taskmaster or ruler, yet they aren’t the least bit lazy in going about the job of gathering food and storing it for the winter.
We should be like the ant in continuing our work, despite obstacles. Our work will be blessed by our Creator. He’ll watch over us as we struggle and give us relief. He’ll show us which direction to go, by giving us choices. He’ll provide for every single need, but still it’s up to us to repent of our wrongs and have faith in Jesus, Christ, our Savior that we are forgiven, despite the devilish weeds that continue to infest our lives.
Let’s get to work!