Ants

Proverbs 6:6-8

6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

This is an open rebuke to one and all if you keenly review some of the challenges that you are currently facing.

In no mean way do I mean you are a sluggard but we acknowledge that we are all sluggish in one way or another.

Sluggish has synonyms such as lazy, static, soft, passive, stationary, soft, passive, slow, dormant, dull & neglected.

Its antonyms are brisk, energetic, busy, vigorous, active, barreling, bolting, breakneck, breathless, brisk, careering, dizzy, fast, fleet, flying, hasty, hurrying, lightning, meteoric, quick, racing, rapid, rocketing, running, rushing, scooting, scudding, scurrying, snappy, speeding, speedy, swift, warp-speed, whirling, whirlwind, whisking, zipping etc.

Scripture further reminds us to arise and shine, to not worry about what we will say that He will provide an appropriate answer and that He has gone before you, therefore, do not hold on to fear rather you are already equipped with power, love and sound mind.

Before you ask, all this is already provided.

Walk in victory briskly for it is well.

Here is a small demonstration;

Here are 2 videos I took with my phone 10 minutes apart from my kitchen. I have noticed that in the last 2 weeks, I have had crickets, grasshoppers, praying mantis & cockroaches.

I have effectively eliminated all except the ant by use of a powdered insecticide.

The ants, despite all my efforts such as storing sugar in the fridge and placing most of my dry foods in glass jars, they still show up. In showing up, they can attack directly like in the video on the left which was barely 5 minutes after I had finished cooking mahamri or in a brisk manner like on the video on the right side which is 10 minutes later. The ants had already identified another location and are working to achieve success even if it will be for a short while.

I had to clean the kitchen floor before sleeping to stop any further damage despite not having any foods stored at the ground level.

The lessons drawn from the ants are plenty but here are a few;

  1. Do not be sluggish in the face of a challenge.
  2. Infighting instead of inward consultation on matters regarding progress isn’t helpful.
  3. Who is in your team before you head out to the field? I need to know whether I am dealing with soldiers for a common cause or cowards aimed at a selfish gain.
  4. Can I be depended upon when the whole team is overwhelmed? Look at the lone ant at the beginning of the second video.
  5. I must know and understand the goal before the onset of a task.
  6. My motivation has to be clearly defined. For the ant, it is winter/rainy season is approaching.
  7. My efforts should be aimed at high impact low energy goals merged with consistency. Anything else will take too much of the resources that I may not have.
  8. In times of plenty, under-promise yet over-deliver. It will address & cover the future.
  9. For me to succeed, I have to be annoyingly persistent even if it means a change in strategy towards the same goal.
  10. I don’t work for self-gain but as a service to my generation, the next generation or my community. Even in business, profit/income is always a reward for solving a problem.

God bless and always remember to look at the ant whenever you feel like giving up. The ant understands that there is always another way to solve a problem.