Living the Life of a Worker Ant


I have often thought that much our life resembles the life of an ant.

Consider the life of an ant. Not a queen ant, a worker ant.

Ants scurry about, eyes trained on the ground in front of them, hauling loads of food that are bigger than they are. They are completely oblivious to the world around them, fixated solely their own tiny society. Often this narrow viewpoint leads to disastrous results, with whole colonies wiped out of existence when the macrocosm surrounding them crashes into their little world.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to communicate with an ant, or to warn an ant of danger. Any offer of help frightens them because an ant perceives anything that intrudes into their microcosm as a threat. I cannot help an ant because I cannot communicate with him.

I have often thought that much our life resembles the life of an ant. I run around busy with tasks, keeping my nose to the proverbial grindstone, oblivious to the realities of the rest of human society never mind the universe.

When someone or even circumstances tries to break through to help me, I panic, feel threatened and run away, returning to labour in my little microcosm where I feel safe. ..My earnest striving is counter productive because it isolates me from larger realities that surround me.

Fortunately, God is better at communicating with me than I am at communicating with ants. He only needs a sliver of an opening in my heart, a quick glance in His direction or a fleeting thought to make a connection with me. In fact God became one with all of us, in a sense he became the equivalent of an ant, so He could speak, touch, love and become visible to”ants” on earth.

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6 thoughts on “Living the Life of a Worker Ant

  1. I suppose this is a bit like ‘sharpening the axe.’ We are often so busy desperately trying to get things done, never realising that if we just stopped for a moment, we could sharpen our axe and get our wood cut quicker – or even see that our world is about to collapse.

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  2. Gee, I’m not sure where to start learning or being encouraged by this. You must know that when I woke up this am, I was perplexed by a traumatic event that took place on Monday. I have been trying to make peace with it ever since. You know, sorting the good from the bad and the anger from the gratitude ~ if that makes sense.

    Anyway, I asked God to talk to me about it in his word today. (Daily readings) And though He spoke volumes, I didn’t get what I really needed until I read this. Thank you for sharing it.

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  3. Sometimes I am shocked at how out of touch with the world I can be. When I’m out and others ask me “Didn’t you hear that story on the news about….?”, I very often am in the dark. It’s rare for me to have time to watch tv and I don’t bother reading news headlines because when I used to, it just seemed too overwhelming and depressing.

    You would think without the media noise, I would hear the voice of God more often but in my busyness, I don’t. I think I need to slow down and listen more. Thanks for the food for thought!

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