Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Becoming an Ant

We have an ant infestation. They can't be crawling all over the kitchen counter searching for water because it has rained for well over 40 days and 40 nights lately. There is plenty of water outside our house. I am not sure what they are looking for. If it is good cooking, they are in the wrong house.

Whatever they are hoping to find, we plan to confound them. We called Terminex and requested they find a compelling deterrent. Thousands of ants swarming over our kitchen counter is just not acceptable, no matter how much I love all creatures great and small. One visit by Terminex and the ants have retreated. I don't know if it is permanent, but it is a blessed victory to have our counters back.

On one level, I feel very bad for the ants. They don't know that they are not supposed to be in our house following the path to destruction. I have no way of letting them know. If I could become an ant for a while perhaps I could warn them. But one ant among so many...would they listen? Would they believe I really was who I claimed to be, the Master of the House, the One who could save them if only they would follow me? Would they believe me that I was warning them of something they could not yet see? That I had greater knowledge, fuller sight, and was worthy of their trust? Probably not. If I stood in their way, they would likely just laugh in the way ants laugh, and swarm over me, trampling me on the way to the crumbs of food and the poison traps, while the feast I could have led them to outside remained untouched. Knowing all that, I would have to love the ants very much to become an ant just to save them.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:10-14 NIV)

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    1. Thanks for writing about common,everyday things, through an eternal perspective.

    2. thanks Melanie and Nancy, i love it when my readers know what i am trying to do even more than i do

  2. Thanks for the analogy. I often think "if I could just communicate with you the danger you're in" to the bugs, wild animals and pets. Oh the pets! when you have to medicate them and it's bad or hurts and if you could just let them know it's not forever and good will come of it. When cleaning a fish tank and the fish flops about as you move him to a holding tank and back, I want to say "it's okay, you're in my hands, you are safe". But they don't understand. I often think this about God, we are flopping about in His hands and He's saying "relax, I have you". Thanks for getting it.