Ant Season is upon us. A lot of us are thinking, great… I hate them!
As the weather gets warmer, you may start to notice these little creatures coming into your space, making their way around your home, instincively looking for food. They stop at nothing to get to their destination, and will adapt to survive almost any environment. According to their behavior traits, ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support their colony. The ones that you mostly see are called Forager ants, which are the first to come out, searching for food to bring back to their colonies. At first, you may notice one or two of them, and if not taken care of, you’ll start to see dozens more. However, have you ever noticed what happens when you kill the one or two that you do see? Whether it’s a couple minutes or hours later or even days, you’ll soon notice one or two more in the SAME EXACT location, walking the same path, that you killed the others in!
Why is that so?
Because, like I said before, ants work together, and no matter who was taken prematurely, they will always leave a scent trail for the rest to follow, and to pick up where the other has left off. And if you’re not careful to get rid of the scent trail, you’ll soon discover dozens grabbing food out of your cabinet. Genius right?
So genius that I began to think of us as Christians. I began to think of this example and how amazingly well ants seem to work together, and that if we in fact as a body of Christ were working together just as efficiently and effectively as ants, how much more we could affect our own enemy, Satan! Do we annoy him as much as the ants annoy us? Are we conquering territories for the sake of the Kingdom? Are we leaving scent trails for the next generation to continue and pick up where we left off? Are we working together as a unified entity to even support our Kingdom? Are we causing any real damage to our enemy?? We can learn a lot from these creatures that never give up on their goals of survival. The bible even talks about ants in Proverbs 30:25 when it says, “Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer,” So even though they are creatures of little strength, they seem to really get the job done properly by unifying and coming together for a common cause. They are EFFECTIVE! So imagine, then, what we can do, creatures who are bigger and stronger than the ant, coming together to weaken and defeat our enemy! WE COULD BE EFFECTIVE!!! God even tells us to look to them as examples in Proverbs 6:6 when He says, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” He has given us a perfect example in these little creatures that many of you have never noticed passed being a nuisance, to show us a proper way to unify and come together as one Body in Christ. So the next time you see an ant, before you kill them (lol) consider their ways and acknowledge that they are persistent, unwavering, tenacious, determined little creatures who are stronger together than they are apart, and should inspire you to create and maintain unity within your home, your church, even your community, to come together for the greater good, creating and maintaining Kingdom-Minded Ministries that are for the betterment of all.
How do you like the ant now?