Yes, it was my fault!

I left the pretzels out.

If you did not know already, there is an everyday transitive property [ “if a=b and b=c, then a=c”]

“If I leave food out, ants will detect them.

If ants detect food, they find it.

If I leave food out, ants will invade my home and attack the food so conveniently set out for them.”

Logical, no?

And yet, it’s amazing how I can be lazy conveniently “forget.” How can I get annoyed when it was, in its entirety, an event I could have prevented with an airtight bag?

       What is even more incredible is that God used even the seemingly random event to remind me of a much-needed lesson that (hopefully) remains with me for a long time.

After said incident, I dawdled on my computer. I watched random videos. I listened to music. I devoured random-not-useful articles, & the like. Every few minutes, some opportunistic ant crept up through the crevices, hoping to get their appendages on the pretzels I had already thrown away.

I squished them.

But they would not give up!

Over and over, a lone soldier or a trio would climb up and search for that elusive pile of food.

They all suffered the same demise.

       It wasn’t until hours later that I realized how… resolute these ants were! Here I was, convicted of having let an hour slip through my fingers because of these industrious ants.

Proverbs 6:6-11 came to mind:

6 Go to the ant, O sluggard,

   Observe her ways and be wise,

7 Which, having no chief,

   Officer or ruler,

8 Prepares her food in the summer

   And gathers her provision in the harvest.

9 How long will you lie down, O sluggard?

   When will you arise from your sleep?

10 “A little sleep, a little slumber,

   A little folding of the hands to rest”–

11 Your poverty will come in like a vagabond

   And your need like an armed man.

        It was a well-timed reminder – I have been blessed with this bountiful time the Lord has given me to spend with my family, to delve into His Word, to pray for others and myself, to acquire new skills and work on old ones!
Am I going to squander it, as though it were MY time – or will I give my time to the Lord as a thanksgiving offering, surrendering my life to be used as He wills? I pray it will be the latter. After all, it is He who gave us life, and knows when we will fade from this earth to face judgment.
       Am I rebelling against God and running to other things for satisfaction? Am I neglecting to live with my eyes immovably fixed on the cross? Am I ignoring the Creator who saved me, who amazingly cares enough to listen to my prayers – ranging even from the food I eat to pleading for the salvation of souls?
Am I striving to love my Father with all my heart, soul, mind and strength? Am I praying for strength and doing my best to love others as I love myself? Do I passionately hate the sin within me, yearning for the day Christ returns and also rejoicing that God promises to sanctify me, Who will never forsake me? Am I being a diligent slave who earnestly uses the time gifted to her to glorify her Master?
As tempting as it is to scurry about living with the cares of this world, diverting one’s attentions with the entertainment of this world – I pray we all remember our ultimate purpose for the time God has graciously given us on this earth.
How great is our God!!!
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