Fire Ants

Fire Ants are invading North Texas. NBC 5 reported this news on Tuesday evening. By last Sunday early morning, ant beds dotted Colorado Blvd. My dog Greta is extremely interested in one such ant bed. It is in the middle of a field we walk past every morning. The ant bed is enormous. Every time we pass it on the sidewalk, Greta cranes her neck to look at the ant bed. She doesn’t necessarily want to investigate it closely, but she is completely intrigued by the huge mound of dirt and ants. I wonder if she is able to hear them intentionally scurrying about in their fire ant castle.

Ants are the best workers. They are constantly following, gathering, and building their nests. They work in community. Their life span is fairly short, 45-60 days, so with numbered days, they work to leave a legacy of caring for their ant family. Ants are born into their purpose, their work. They don’t wonder what would have been if they’d been born a bird or a lion. They don’t wish for something more than their ant lives. They simply follow, gather, and build.

Proverbs 6:6ff, “Go to the ant, you lazybones; consider its ways, and be wise. Without having any chief or officer or ruler, it prepares its food in summer, and gathers its sustenance in harvest. How long will you lie there, O lazybones? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want, like an armed warrior.”

Unlike ants, we humans, do wonder about missed opportunities, and want what we don’t have. We become bored and apathetic in our work, our families, and in our faithfulness to God. We forget to be thankful for the daily routine of life. We forget to be thankful for the sound of our mother’s voices or the sweet little voices and/or whines greeting us too early in the morning for food and attention. We forget God’s faithfulness.

Instead of being afraid of the Fire Ants invading our piece of Texas, what if we looked to them for wisdom as Proverbs instructs us to do? Our fire ants aren’t worried about the “what ifs.” They are filled with purpose. Be thankful for your work, your family, and your life with God. Cast away laziness, apathy, and boredom. Be filled with thanksgiving and purpose. Be filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit as you follow God, gather the harvest, and build the Church.

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