Anit-wise Motion

October 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Humorous

By Robin Steinweg –

Dead ant, dead ant, dead antdeadantdeadant (sung to the Pink Panther theme). This is what goes through my mind when I enter my bathroom these days. That and some questions: why? Why are these ants in the bathroom when there’s no food? They don’t even seem to be looking for food. They appeared a couple of months ago from under the molding; aimlessly wandering in odd-shaped loops, then out of sight again—a perpetual, purposeless motion. In the past, they came into the kitchen in orderly troops, heading for crumbs on the floor. Not this time. I tried natural extermination methods first, without success. We’ve battled ants every summer for years, but I never think to have poison in the house.

I finally bought some. They lined up for it like piggies at the trough, gorging themselves. Some drowned, some staggered a few steps and expired, others faithfully carried the stuff back to the nest (I assume). I felt satisfied after they’d been gone awhile. The poison worked as it had every other summer. But the other day I noticed one tugging on something. And another. I looked closely. They were hauling the corpses of their fallen comrades to the middle of the bathroom floor, where they dumped them and returned to the molding. This went on all day. Hauling dead ants almost to my feet and dumping them off, as if they knew what they were doing—like a scene from a horror flick.

By now you are wondering what the spiritual application is. So am I! And if you are wise enough to find one from these erratic ants, would you please post it in the comments below for the rest of us?

All I know is that the Bible says to observe ants in order to be wise. Without overseer or ruler, they prepare their food in summer and gather it at harvest time. They plan ahead. I’ve been caught in last-minute panics and in an unprepared condition times without number for lack of planning. Unexpected visitors, sickness, people calling and needing to talk—or ants in the house—have brought stress or embarrassment to me and my family because I wasn’t prepared. I hope to be wiser in this way starting now. I’ll observe the ants. Just maybe not the ones in my bathroom!

PRAYER: Lord, You are the great Planner of creation and eternity. You planned our salvation in advance. You planned good works for us to do. You have plans to prosper us and to give us a future and a hope. You are even now preparing a place for us in heaven. I ask You for wisdom to be a better planner, able to learn Your wisdom even from ants.

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage” (Proverbs 21:5 NASB).

Today’s devotional is by Robin J. Steinweg. Robin’s life might be described using the game Twister: the colored dots are all occupied, limbs intertwine (hopefully not to the point of tangling), and you never know which dot the arrow will point to next, but it sure is fun getting there!

About Robin Steinweg

Today’s devotional is by Robin J. Steinweg. Robin’s life might be described using the game Twister: the colored dots are all occupied, limbs intertwine (hopefully not to the point of tangling), and you never know which dot the arrow will point to next, but it sure is fun getting there!

Comments

4 Responses to “Anit-wise Motion”
  1. Shelagh McKibbon says:

    Wow. At first I thought EWWWW…ants. But now I am thinking. If God sees the little sparrow fall….

    I am the first one to grab the flyswatter when I see a fly, or to pour boiling water down that ant hole when I see them starting to get close to my back door.

    Maybe I am like that fly or that ant – big scary “things” try to smack me down or pour evil waters upon me. Like the ant, when that happens, I must remove all that is dead (or wrong, or evil) around me. Then I must start fresh.

    Thank you Robin.

  2. Lori Lipsky says:

    Be wise. Observe the ants. Thank you for the reminder, Robin.

  3. Judy Hefner says:

    I bought an ant farm for my son and during the “traumatic” transfer of ants into the farm, some of them bought it… I noticed the same thing, the remaining ants piled up the dead ants and actually buried them. Sadly, I am not a good farmer, because now they are all dead as I have not taken the time to learn how to care for them.

  4. Carin LeRoy says:

    I must admit I smiled when I read your story. Maybe they were “de-cluttering” their little home behind the molding. I could sure use a little of that! Thanks for sharing.

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