Hello and glad to write again! Hope you have had a good weekend and also a good past month? All too soon, another month dawns on us. Today and in the subsequent weeks ahead, I want us to look at a striking passage in the Bible about some four unusual folks that will teach us a great deal of lesson from a chapter in Proverbs.
The key word in the book of Proverbs is wisdom, “the ability to live life skillfully”. King Solomon, the principal author, uses a combination of poetry, parables, pithy questions, short stories, and wise maxims to teach on common sense and a divine perspective necessary to handle life’s issues.
The scripture at hand is in Proverbs 30:24-28. We will take the first two verses to focus on the first point of our lesson.
“24There are four things which are little on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: 25The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer;” Proverbs 30:24-25
Inspiration can be quite common if you are observant. It can be interesting at times the places where wisdom can be gleaned from. Though unconventional, yet lies in a message that cannot be denied.
The ants are the first. Who learns from the ant? Yet this book forces us to pay close attention to its way. Ants are generally seen as very small, little things wandering around. Personally, I consider them a nuisance. Food crumbs are a great way of invitation to them. Despite their weakly exterior and their annoying reputation, we are advised to look at a teachable moment: prepare their food in summer.
The lesson I get from the ant is industry. They are productive by virtue of work. Few points to take home here.
1. They are mindful of seasons– summer is for work and winter is for gathering all that work. Ants have a good sense of timing and are wise with their time. They work when they have to, and rest at the appropriate time. Since they are aware of the seasons, they can’t afford to procrastinate. Time is of the essence, so we have to do what we have to do… in time.
2. Hard-work overcomes individual weakness– their weakness lies in them not strong. Their industry outshines that flaw. Everyone has a weakness or a bad habit we are all not proud of. Sometimes, the best way to deal with that is just to focus and emphasize on your strengths. We all have strengths. Maybe in this season will be a good time to discover yours and hone it to maximize yourself.
3. Preparation is key to industry– I couldn’t help but notice the word “prepare”. Nobody becomes productive on a whim, it comes through deliberate and a calculated process. I heard this popular saying, “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. Zeal and enthusiasm are not enough to kick things rolling. Most at times, a plan in place does- it speaks of preparation. You can see people with a fireball of energy and passion tackle an assignment only to lose steam half way because a plan was not in place to keep the momentum going.
Thank God for the ant- it makes me see creation has indeed a place and a purpose in the existence of this world. You know what; careful observation perhaps may reveal the underlying purpose of most things we despise.
May God make us wise people and also have the ability to search for wisdom from ‘unusual places’.
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Peace & Love.