Anyone who has ever been cursed with having ants in a kitchen knows that they don’t give up easily. Those little buggers seem to spring up from nowhere.
At first, I blamed failing eyesight. Maybe I couldn’t see all the spills on my countertop? Maybe there was some speck of sugar or canned dog food that I hadn’t managed to completely clean? Maybe I had sung that old: THE ANTS GO MARCHING song I time too many as a child? Maybe it was a combination of all three?
Whatever the problem was the solution was as difficult as the ant. You don’t want to spray chemicals around a place where you make food–so we tried every natural remedy we read about: cinnamon, herbs, natural oils.
Ants are one determined species. They just don’t give up!!!
Would that we humans be as focused. God uses ants to illustrate just how industrious these creatures are when they approach a task. Proverbs 6: 6-8-Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
There is wisdom in watching the ant work. They send out soldiers to forage for food. Once they find it, they send word back to the colony to “Come and get it” and divisions of ants appear. Food that is far too big for one or two creatures is now shifted by group support and carried back to primary residence to be stored until needed.
Ants are pretty smart. They are ensuring a source of food for the times when food won’t be readily available.
Most children learned the fable of the ant and the grasshopper. Disney even set it to antimation. There is an important lesson to be learned from watching ants. Just as we all need time to rest in life, there is also a time to work and save. As with Joseph, we must all remember that good years have been followed by lean years…
It is to our benefit to consider the workings of the lowly ant and learn from it. Work hard and save…for winter may be just around the next corner.