Large, reddish black ants in bathroom again. Lights on- they’dÂ scurry to hide; lights off- they’d come right back in.
Using my Nancy Drew skills, I followed one that seemed to be on theÂ way out. He wandered off his path a bit, and eventually came to a backÂ corner of the window sill.
There was a hole about an eight of an inch in diameter, plenty bigÂ enough for several to come and go at the same time. From somewhereÂ outside, they had been able to chew or bore that hole, which hadn’tÂ even been there two weeks before.
Amazing the persistence, and team work, of ants. I have seen tiny antsÂ gather around a crumb, or a dead bug, and drag or lift (!) it to moveÂ it. It seems when they have a goal, nothing deters them. They mightÂ have an interruption (like the lights coming on), they may getÂ sidetracked or even off-track, but they get right back to it. TheyÂ keep the focus on the goal, determined. Like our marathon bike touringÂ friends, who were riding in the downpours. They had a goal to meet andÂ raise funds for a worthy cause.
This was a good reminder, and example to me, of a verse that wasÂ written in the front of a Bible, given to me many years ago atÂ confirmation. The pastor wrote, next to my name, Phil. 3:14. I pressÂ on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called meÂ heavenward in Christ Jesus.
The redeeming part of this ant story is that it reminds me to stayÂ focused, to keep first things first, and to persevere, to keep onÂ keepin’ on. Good news is that I (and we) don’t have to do it alone.Â Thank you, Lord.
So letâ€™s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right timeÂ we will reap a harvest of blessing if we donâ€™t give up. Galatians 6:9