Consider the Ant


Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Proverbs 6:6 KJV

This verse was brought to my attention this week by a sweet student. I can’t help but admit that the more I think it over, the more it convicts me of my laziness. At the time, the student and I were discussing how it doesn’t necessarily sound like a Bible verse. I mean, if you just saw the verse written on someone’s Facebook wall then you’d probably think it was a saying or quote of some sort. We determined that God gave us all of Creation, to live off of, and so what better thing is there for Him to use to teach us, but Creation? So my friends, consider the ant…..

  • Tiny insects (0.2cm-2.5cm)

The ant is one of the smallest creatures, has no real strength of it’s own. How easy is it to squash an ant? Just one small touch of a finger delivers a death blow. However, science and the Bible tells us she is wise. And they’re alive in great numbers today because of that. They inhabit every continent except Antarctica (kind of funny-“ant”arctica has no ants).

So what can we learn from a tiny little ant?

Despite their size, they keep on working. They don’t lay around and feel sorry for themselves. They get out and get to work, day after day. Are we out there working for the Lord every single day? Or serving ourselves? One ant alone can carry a piece of food that is 100 times their size!!!!!!! Wow! And we whine and give up when the Lord gives us just one small burden to carry. What if we had one that was 100 times that size? Would we march on or just sit down in a pity party? I know I would no doubt give up. I fail the Lord in this way more times than I please Him. May He help us all to be more faithful and steadfast to do His work, no matter how huge a burden it may be. He tells us He will not tempt us above what we are able (1 Corinthians 10:13). So whatever He is leading us to, He will help us to bear it.

More than all of that, if we are willing to do His work, are we willing to help our friends with their work too? We should bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). Ever seen a group of ants carrying a potato chip away from a picnic table? Well, my friends, we need to get to carrying those chips together!

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Are You Welcome?


So what would happen if you showed up at your best friend’s house unannounced? No doubt, you’d be welcomed right in and they’d be excited to see you! Now what if you hadn’t spoken to that friend in a long time, and you just went into their home and sat on their couch, used their bathroom, raided their frig, and slept in their bed? Would they be so happy to see you then? I bet not. In some cases, authorities may even be called. Even if the friend ends up being “okay” with you in their home, the friendship will be strained and harmed. We understand this concept and would never just barge into someone’s home unannounced. (Well, most people wouldn’t.) So why do would we do this to the Lord? Is He not the most important friend that we have? Is not the church His house? If we truly believe that our church is the house of the Lord, our place of worship, then why do we barge in two days a week like we own the place?

We unlock the doors, make ourselves at home on our usual pews, sit on our cushions we leave in “our” seat, and never stop to think about whether or not we even took time to let the Lord know we were coming, or if we are even welcome. Now don’t get me wrong, I know that we are always welcome in the Lord’s house, but we could be much better received by Him if we communicated with Him through the week, on a daily basis. If we talk to our friends daily and plan when we will meet up, what we will eat, what we can do and keep up to date on how each other is doing then why can’t we do the same with Jesus? He cares about how our day is, He wants to know all of our problems, fears, concerns and He also would love to hear our praise and listen to our excitement about our day. It seems so easy for us to call up our best friend and talk forever about our lives. We should do the same with the Lord. We should be telling him everything! We should talk to Him every single day, every minute even! Then He can truly be our best friend! And then we can know that we are welcome when we enter His house.

Furthermore, we will be ready to worship Him because we will have been in communication with Him already. We would be more excited to be at church, because we would be at our best friend’s house! I know when I was growing up I was always so excited to get to visit my friends or family. I loved seeing their homes and getting to know their family pets. But now I have to admit that I’m not always that excited to visit the Lord’s house. I should be, but frankly I’m human and I’m just not. If I could make an effort to talk to the Lord continually, and let Him be my best friend then I’m sure I would yearn for church services to start.

The comparison between a friend’s house and the Lord’s house can even be made when it comes to respecting it. We should have respect for the place of worship just as we do when we visit other people’s homes. When I have company I always try to make them feel at home but they usually still stay pretty reserved. I mean, visitors don’t typically pull off their socks and prop their feet on the coffee table. Now I know that there isn’t a coffee table at church, but you catch my drift. God wants us to be welcome and free of all reservations when we are in His house. That doesn’t mean we should be disrespectful, we should have the utmost respect for the most holy place we could visit. But, we should also be free to worship Him, full of the spirit without reservation or concern for what others may think. He truly does love it when we come to His house and worship Him.

He loves it more when we talk to Him frequently. The Bible says to pray without ceasing. So we should do just that, pray continually. Prayer is simply talking with our Saviour. It’s much easier to discuss anything with a friend whom we talk to regularly than someone we rarely speak to. If I haven’t spoken to you in a month, we would have to catch up on each other’s lives before we could have a serious conversation or ask each other for favors. But usually we don’t have a problem asking the Lord for help with this or that even after we have given Him the silent treatment for the past month. I’m guilty of silent treatment, intentional and unintentional. I have often admitted that I’m a horrible friend. I will eventually get busy with life and out of the routine of talking to you and then next thing we know, we have children the other of us have never even met. I shouldn’t be that way. I need to make an honest effort to stay in a routine of speaking to my Lord regularly. It should just become our nature instead of a habit. Habits can be broken. We should be best friends with the Lord and ever in conversation with Him until it is just our nature to do it without even making an effort.

Are you welcome in the Lord’s house today?

A Handful of Sand


Lately, my thoughts have been harder to get onto paper.  Seems like I just can’t seem to write down exactly the way I feel about it.  I found a new (to me) song today though and one line says “He knows the number of each grain of sand, and I can’t even count what I can hold in my hand”.  This one particular line has been on repeat in my mind ever since I heard it.  How amazing it is that God knows the number of every single minute grain of sand that ever existed.  It’s just so true that we could grab a handful of sand and would never be able to count even half of the handful. 


 I can just picture it now, as I run my hand into a sandbox grabbing a big handful of soft sand.  I bring my hand up and immediately the sand starts pouring through between my fingers.  Ive already lost a lot of sand but I try to continue to count what I have left.  I open my hand ever so slowly yet still more slides off the edges of my hand.  I squeeze my fingers tightly together until my hand begins to cramp.  I start my count and realize that I can’t even see the grains of sand that are in the crevices of my hand.  Nor am I able to keep track of which tiny grains I’ve counted and the others that remain.  I give up! 

This simple illustration humbles me so much because not only does it seem impossible that God knows every grain of sand, but also that he numbers the hairs on our head.  Now I can’t even keep up with my own hairs! I mean, I shed like a mutt most days of the week and I wouldn’t even be able to count the ones I lose much less each hair I keep.  And that’s just the beginning because not only does my Lord know every hair on my head, he knows all of your hairs too!  And he numbers our neighbors’ hair, and our friends’, and even the President’s each and every hair.  How overwhelming to imagine.  It’s so wonderful that we can come to know personally our God, our Saviour, who created ALL things!  And He cares enough for little you and me that He keeps track of every seemingly insignificant detail of us.  Who are we to worry about anything when our Lord is in control? 

To further the thought, think about the thousands of grains of sand I lost through the cracks of my hands.  God holds the whole entire world in His hands and he never loses even a single one of us.  We will never have to worry about slipping through between His fingers.  Think of the grains that were in the crevices of my wrinkled hand.  I couldn’t even see them.  Isn’t it wonderful that God can ALWAYS see us?  He knows exactly where we are every minute and even knows what’s in our hearts and on our minds.  He even understands!  How amazing to know that we are loved by such a powerful and omnipotent God!  Thank you Lord for a handful of sand.