My ant farm arrived five days before the ants, and I could hardly stand the wait. Every day as I hurried to the mailbox, my family would snicker, “If I have to endure one more day of questions about his ants!” We ordered the plastic contraption from a catalog. I’d seen one in my science magazine, and knew I had to have one. I planned where I was going to set it up, and I saved money for weeks to buy it. All the way from Arizona, the Red Harvester Ants came. I had prepared the Pogonomyrmex barbatus (I’ll never forget that word), basically the dirt they live in, just as the instructions had suggested. I was going to become an Ant Farmer!
Proverbs 6:6, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!”
When I poured them in and sealed the top, I noticed within an hour, they were working. No arguing. No meeting among ants as to how to build. No special blueprints. The tunnels began to form before my eyes – all day – all night. Making a way through the white substance, the ants mesmerized me with their know-how.
Have you ever watched ants work? I never saw them sleep, although I read in my instructional manual that they do. Always moving forward, diligent, and orderly. When I put food in, it was like an assembly line to get the food where it needed to go. Never wasteful, the ants knew what needed to be done and how to do it.
Maybe that’s why Solomon took the time to write about them. Have you ever felt sluggish or had to work beside a sluggard? A sluggard is a lazybones person, someone who could and should help out but doesn’t. There is no room for a sluggard in an ant farm. I never saw any of them on a lunch break.
Are you an ant for God’s Kingdom? I sure want to be. There are those who literally take up space, never offering to help another; never giving of their time or money; but instead, folding their hands and propping up their feet, waiting for someone else to do what God needs done. Waiting for someone else to pray for them. Waiting for someone else to inspire them to worship.
“How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?” – Proverbs 6:9.
Today, consider your place in God’s Kingdom. If you are taking up more space than you are making, you need to change. Become an ant in God’s Kingdom.