Below is an updated post on some lessons I learned from ants, one of the world’s tiniest crawling creatures on earth…
Summer time is just around the corner.
And every time summer comes along, we’d see tiny creatures form a long queue somewhere in our house– whether that’s on a wall, small holes or in our kitchen.
They are ants–small, but definitely pesky.
One time, while I was doing some house cleaning in our kitchen and spraying the area with insecticide
But guess what, two days later, the ants are back.
Sometimes, I wonder why God created them since ant-haters like me would only squash them mercilessly.
However, ants, despite their near microscopic size, reminded me of some life lessons.
Sure, ants don’t possess the brute strength that lions, elephants or sea creatures like sharks have.
But ancient Israelite king Solomon, in the book of Proverbs, used these small creatures, as examples of how we are to approach life.
Consider this passage I found in Proverbs 6:6, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”
Here are some valuable insights I got based on King Solomon’s observation:
Ants don’t hold election. They don’t have presidents, or senators or congressmen to direct their next food hunt, but they still get the job done.
For example, leave your cookie jar open, and in a few minutes, you’d see an army of red or black ants swarming all over your favorite chocolate chip. They work hard and store food.
Ants save a lot. Because we live in a time where it is tempting to buy every gadget, appliance, food and other material possessions we want, our tendency is to spend, spend, spend and forget saving. But not these pesky red or black ants.
When they see litter from our dining area, they just contact their fellow ants through their reliable antennae and presto! A swarm of ants will grab the morsel of food.
Ants know when it’s time to gather or time to hide. Come rainy season, we won’t find ants in our house because they are holed up in their mini-caves, not hiding, but enjoying what they gathered last summer.
So, the next time you see ants in your house or room, before squashing them, maybe, remember these lessons from these small creatures.