I’ll be the first to admit that I am not as agile running uphill as I used to be. Running may not even be the appropriate term. So, as I was trudging swiftly through the park one morning an intriguing sight caught my eye enough for me to turn back to check it out.
A fist sized rock was surrounded by a large swarm of ants just outside the entrance to their underground colony. Curiosity lured me to ground level to take in the oddity from a better vantage point. Slowly, but surely the rock was moving. It teetered on the incline, where it had obviously washed up during recent storms, threatening to close the hole while taking out half the population of ants on its way down.
I was a captive audience.
Morning plans were quickly forgotten as the realization unfolded – these tiny ants were relocating the obstacle. I looked from the minuscule ants to the gargantuan rock.
I knew exactly how they felt. They were simply going about their daily routine when all of a sudden a huge obstacle threatened to cut them off from the rest of the world, stopping all potential progress!
But, unlike me they didn’t seem frozen in fear and indecision. No, they rallied together and in powerful community they attacked the problem together.
The messages I have heard in the past regarding ants usually referenced Proverbs 6:6-8,“They focused on laziness and not being prepared….”
I began to see there was so much more to learn as we considered the ways of the ant.Be wise, indeed! Maybe the sluggard in verse 6 was the one who became overwhelmed by the obstacle in their path and simply gave up.
Consider the ant-they rallied together to accomplish what could never have been done by one ant alone. Even if the average ant is able to carry several times its body weight.They risked getting trampled to death for the greater good.
More reminiscent of I Corinthians 12:25 & 26 (NIRV), “In that way the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy.”
What a great victory they shared!
What obstacle are you facing right now?
Does it feel like it can topple you over at any moment?
Look around and reach out to your community of believers. Sisters in Christ that’s what we are here for! Remember you are never alone, don’t try to get through your struggle without reinforcements.
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” (Ecc. 4:9-10 NIV)
I came across the same rock a couple of weeks later. It was about two feet away from the ant colony. I found it ironic that it wasn’t gone, it was simply not blocking the passageway any longer.
Sometimes we need to recognize that challenges will always be a part of our life. How we rally together to deal with them shapes our future.
If you see a sister in need stop and help her through her struggle, because next time you may be the one that needs a hand.