Be Like the Ant

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Walking along early at the park, I suddenly noticed a large ant hill at my feet.

Happily, they weren’t up yet…at least they weren’t out yet.

Because of their bite and the large numbers of them usually together, ants have to be respected and feared.

Beyond that, ants can be respected for something else, as well.

Ants work together and also alone.

Either way, ants work.

They seem to work quite diligently, in fact.

Proverbs 6:6-8 reads,

“Be like the ant and see her ways and learn, for there is no harvest for her,

And there is no ruler over her, neither anyone to drive her.

And she prepares for herself her bread from the summer and she stores her food at harvest.”

What work is it that God has called you to do?

Are you working diligently together with others to accomplish it?

Are you working alone, also, to do the same?

This is something I must ask myself…

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Get Rid of All

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I had just walked out the door.

It was early morning and I was on my way to work.

As I approached my car in the driveway, I saw the piles of fresh dirt by the concrete.

Ants.

Probably hundreds of them, even though only a few were out and about where I could see them.

Where I live, it is quite common to be bitten by ants.

They set up shop almost anywhere and you don’t really know where they are hidden until they decide to show themselves.

The mounds of dirt that seem to appear so quickly are just the final testimony of what’s been going on all along.

Under the surface of the ground, the ants have been multiplying and building their forces, silently and without any fanfare.

Then, without warning, one day they come out of hiding for all to see.

There are some issues in our lives that behave just like that.

Anger.

Jealousy.

Bitterness.

No one really wants to think about these, but they are often there.

Hidden deep inside us, these emotions multiply like ants, building their forces, silently—without letting anyone else know about it.

Hidden behind smiles and appropriate behavior, their presence may go unnoticed, perhaps for years.

Then, for whatever reason, feelings of anger, fear, jealousy, bitterness, guilt, regret or anxiety suddenly seem to surface for all to see.

It may seem sudden to onlookers at the time, but the problems have perhaps had quite a long history behind them.

So, what can be done?

Anything at all?

If I’d had access to a large enough shovel and the time to devote to it, I might have been able to dig up the ant nests.

I could have purchased a product designed to rid them from my yard.

What can be done for the human heart that suffers from detrimental feelings?

God can remove them all.

Fear?

Anger?

It doesn’t matter what the problem is.

He can rid them from your heart.

If any of these things are troubling you, why not ask God to take them away?

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Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

—Ephesians 4:31

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Songs of Joy

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It was only an hour or so before dark and I decided to sit in my backyard for awhile.

Checking an outdoor chair to make sure I would not be sitting on a spider’s new home, I settled in to enjoy the cool air and the pleasant surroundings.

Those included the orange hues of blooming Lantana bushes, an ever changing sky with feathery clouds and the sight of our son’s cat racing from place to place, chasing insects or maybe even a lizard or two.

My husband decided to come outside and play the guitar.

I watched an airplane go by, tiny in my view, lit up by the sun’s rays.

Ants scurried around a hill not far from my chair, busy at work before nightfall.

I am grateful for all of those blessings.

The peaceful outdoor setting of my own home.

My husband.

Guitars.

Blooming bushes.

Clouds.

Sunsets.

Cats.

Even ants and lizards.

The part of me that knows that God is there all the time blends with His blessings to bring about an inner joy in my heart.

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The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.

—Psalm 65:8

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