Have you ever had to tell someone around you to watch their step? “That’s an ant bed!” It’s identifiable by a mound of dirt that has lots of tiny holes. It’s low to the ground so if you’re not really zoned in, you could miss it. Unfortunately though, some of us miss the warning signs and feel the impact after our toes our itching and our feet are covered in small bumps from ant bites.
Our lives are much like this. Some of the smallest, most discreet situations trip us up. There are warning signs but we sometimes miss them. It’s amazing how such a small thing can have such a stinging impact. In spite of how annoying ants can be, there are some unique characteristics of an ant that we can all learn from. Even Proverbs 6:6 urges us to “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!”
What is it about the ‘ant’ that makes it so wise and powerful?
For one thing, ants have a strong, effective way of communicating with other ants. Like with humans, pheromones are highly developed in ants. They use pheromones to lead them to food and to send warning signs of hurt ants. Accordingly, they pay close attention to the things that surround them and proceed forward as needed.
Ants rely on their personal attributes to help them reach their goals. Specifically, ants use their mobile antennae to help them find their way. By recognizing their innate abilities, they strengthen themselves and their connections to others.
Ants support other ants. Have you noticed that water alone doesn’t kill ants? It’s because they band together and utilize the support of each other to overcome the adversity they are faced with.
Sometimes it’s the smallest things in life that can make us or break us. Don’t miss the lesson, even in the little things!