Hard Workers…

I was out walking today and had my phone with me as usual, not for an emergency call if I fall and hurt myself because I don’t get service in most of the area around the lakes, but for picture taking.

Most of the time, I’ve been here almost three months now, there is nothing new to snap, how many glass topped lake views can a blog sustain?


Or tall, straight up in the air, pines?

Or Gopher mounds which turned out today not to only be Gopher mounds at all!

I caught, out of the corner of my eye as I climbed yet another hill during my race against the daylight, a steady movement of bright green fragments of leaves.  At first I thought they were green winged insects of some sort but then I had to move out of oncoming traffic’s way so I couched down to further investigate the journeying of so many tiny creatures.

They were a double line of red ants, some carried loads, others were nodding encouragement to their compatriots racing in the opposite direction.

I followed the empty handed ones to their source, which was a large mound of sand resembling, what I had been told was, a Gopher hill.

Have you ever watched a line of red ants?  Red are easier to observe because they are larger. I missed my children I would have loved to share this sight of such industrious workers.

Their greetings along the way, the items they were carrying, the speed they were going!


A perfect teaching moment!

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” (Proverbs 6:6-8)

We can learn how to be pro-active from the ant.  Instead of waiting to be told what to do next the ant is always busy; we had an ant farm in our homeschool and their energy quite wore us out!
I encouraged my children to ask,
“What needs to happen next?”
I challenged them to determine a goal and work out the steps to reach it.  In the case of ants food is their driving force.  In the case of children many things can drive them to reach their goals.
Solomon’s proverb reminds us that we don’t always need to wait to behold what to do next, sometimes God is waiting for us to make the first move.
Do you have goals and plans?
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