Proverbs 6:6-8 (NIV)
Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
Proverbs 6:6-8 (KJV)
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.
Progress is not made overnight. As much as we wish, our dream body is not one workout away, our financial security is not one raise away, our relationship with God is not one bible reading/prayer away from being perfect. Nothing good, or worthwhile, happens over night. It takes time, something we like to think we don’t have much of. It’s hard to push on when little progress is made.
In my workout routine, I have recently switched over from weight lifting to body lifting. I started body lifting, maybe a month and a half ago. It’s been very challenging. All the progress made during weightlifting, counts for nothing. I am stuck at a very elementary level foundation in my body lifting/gymnastics workout. I see on youtube all these professional gymnasts that have been doing this their whole life, doing the iron cross and all these other amazing feats of strength on the rings. That is what I want! That is where I want to be at! Unfortunately there is no overnight solution to be able to do what professional gymnasts can do. It takes years and years of dedication! They reached their goals by starting out where I am at now, the elementary level, doing the most basic of things. The most basic things, over and over again.
It’s hard when we struggle with the basic stuff. When we struggle with the basic stuff, looking at the big stuff makes it all seem impossible and worthless to keep trying. It’s just to hard.
The ant is an amazing little creature. Here’s a little story I found from another website (http://bit.ly/aLhSVp) about ants:
The story goes: “The Lord must have desired to teach me something through the “ants” because He allowed me to come in contact with enough of them! The encyclopedia says there are more ants than any other insect. It seems that most of them must be in India! He goes on to say… “everywhere he looked there were ants” – Ants in the plastic bag of bread, though it was securely tied. Ants in a jar of jam, though its lid was screwed on it. Ants in the margarine, swimming in the liquid goo. Ants in a tin box of cookies, though its lid was tightly fastened. Ants…Ants…Ants everywhere all day long!! He then states – By evening I was thoroughly annoyed. I had eaten ants in my breakfast, lunch, and supper. Hoping to get a good night’s sleep, I moved my cot into open, away from the tent and the trees. As I lay down with a sigh of exhaustion, I was soon jolted from my rest by the fiery bites of more ants!!!
What can we learn from this?
- Ants search for food everywhere!
- Ants are determined to do the impossible! (get inside a screwed lid)
- Ants do not give up
Other things to note about ants
- When given an obstacle, the ant finds away around it!
- The ant can only do a little at a time, but they work together to get work done.
What can we learn from this? Ready for the cliche answer? Ready for the answer that we all have been told since our youth? Do not give up! When faced with an opportunity, don’t turn to defeat. Be like an ant! Ants only look forward. If there is a road block, they move through it anyways. They use each other to push forward, they find leaves, straws, cords, or whatever to get their selves over the obstacle. If the jam lid is sealed shut, they push their bodies through it anyways! No isn’t an option. And so little by little they make their way to find food. Little by little they store their food so that they can have enough during the winter.
Originally I was going to make this post about finances, and how we should save our money little by little in case of emergencies. Where as this is true, I think it is more important that we are embraced with the idea of not letting ‘N0’ be an option. We have God on our side. What task is to big for Him? Get creative in figuring out a way to perserve. Seek God to help you, don’t be afraid either to ask a friend. Make a way. Giving up is equitable to failing to trust in God.