So besides the squirrels in my basement and my kitchen, I have had an ant issue of late. I think I finally have that situation under control. However, the process was a tad interesting and thought provoking to say the least.
As much as I was determined to see the slew of insects depart from my bathroom, I, in a sense, hated to see them go. I was so mesmerized by their deliberate and orderly precision and work ethic, that at times, I felt myself just staring and watching in amazement. Let me explain.
One night, before heading to bed, I noticed, in amazement, that a certain team of ants had returned to “clean up”. I had accomplished a massacre of sorts in the early afternoon, but by evening, the little ant soldiers came for their dearly departed and carried them off to the nether regions of my wall.
I was stunned. I don’t know about you, but I am not so sure that if you passed out, that I could lift you up and walk with you above my head a few miles. But these creatures completed the task with such orderly dignity, that it was all I could do to lay the new trap down on the floor and wait for it to claim its new victims.
All that said, I was amazed at the responsibility factor of these tiny but mighty creatures. I mean, think about it. How many of us truly clean up after ourselves, let alone our team, or our kin? Now that is something to consider is it not? We live in a culture that is so “me” centric, that I don’t know if people even remember the song He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother let alone understand it’s meaning.
So, I got to thinking. Maybe I am my brother’s keeper after all to some extent. I mean, think about it. When you and I are in need, how precious it is when a kind soul comes alongside to assist, or meet our needs. I hope you have not lost that wonderful caring spirit. If you have, may I suggest you consider carrying your weaker brother, if even for a few feet, this week. It’s not too much to ask. Knowing that at some point, you may ultimately, desperately, need for them to return the favor.
For a bit of extra homework, check out Proverbs chapter 6.
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