Life is a funny thing—We so want to plan and control every aspect, but, control is simply an illusion. As children, my friend George and I went through a period that we became very interested in ants. George had an ant farm and we started to investigate ant hills. One game that we would play, was to watch the lines of ants as they worked their way back to the hill.
We would set up obstacles along the way. What amazed us most– was that the ants would stay in their lines and quickly adapt to the obstacles. They climbed over or moved around each obstacle and remained focused on the goal the small opening at the top of the ant hill. For the ants, they were not interested in controlling the circumstances, they were simply focused on getting home.
As Christians, we should value the lesson of the ants. We need to grasp the notion that control is not near as important as destination. If we simply follow God’s lead, he will lead us toward home over and around each obstacle we face–to a final goal of eternity at his side. Paul said it best—“I fought the good fight, I have finished the race and kept the faith—Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge will award me on that day.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
God Bless You
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.
3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
7 One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
8 Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home.
9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
10 Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you— better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.